The UK government is planning to penalize all the social platforms which fail to limit the spread of violent and disturbing content.
The UK government in March 2019, demanded stricter rules and regulation for the internet companies and thus, the government is just sticking to its words by deciding to penalize all those social platforms including Google and Facebook, who fail in limiting the spread of violent and disturbing content over the social platforms. The government is enforcing rules targeting child exploitation, disinformation, violent material, cyber bullying and posts that encourage suicides and killings. Furthermore, the government will suggest certain punishments including holding the senior executives of social platforms accountable, imposing fines and blocking access to these platforms.
In the recent past, both the companies, Google and Facebook have denied allegations and said it was not their responsibility to check for content promoting terrorism and extremist issues. Facebook has been blamed for the mass killing video that was posted on various accounts, Google was blamed for the spread of conspiracy theories over YouTube platform. Twitter has also been blamed for abusive content over the social platform. In 2016, the three companies have appeared in front of Congress concerning the Russian activity. The new measures undertaken by the UK government is a part of the “Online Harms White Paper”, approved by Prime Minister Theresa May.
The companies have played a significant role in connecting users across the globe, however it has definitely lacked efforts to keep all its users secured from violent and disturbing elements. In addition to this, the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has shown disrespect to the UK government by not reporting in front of the committee. Nevertheless, it is expected that in future these companies will make earnest efforts to battle horrendous content.
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