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Ofcom to be given powers over social media

12.02.2020
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UK regulator Ofcom is set to be given new powers to force social media firms to act over harmful content, reports the BBC website. Under the proposals Ofcom is expected to enforce action on violence, terrorism, cyber-bullying and child abuse. It’s unclear what penalties the body will be able to impose, though there are suggestions that fines similar to those set out in GDPR – involving a percentage of global revenues – could be included in the legislation. The website quotes a statement in which Facebook said it had ‘long called’ for new regulation, and was ‘looking forward to carrying on the discussion’ with the government and wider industry.

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UK regulator Ofcom is set to be given new powers to force social media firms to act over harmful content, reports the BBC website.

Theme:
Privacy, Safety, Security, Innovation and Content
Region:
Europe
Chapter:
UK
Series:
Regulatory Watch
cyber-bullying, facebook, gdpr, OFCOM, social media, terrorism, violence
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