Saturday 22 September 2018 1:59 AM UTC
LONDON Sept 22: The UK Government is working on plans to set up an internet regulator that would hold technology companies accountable for content published on their websites.
If established, the new regulatory body could sanction sites that fail to take down illegal material and hate speech within hours.
Among the proposals are age verification for users of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
This is not the first time in recent days that calls have been made for tougher regulation of the internet.
The chief executive of Ofcom – which already regulates TV, radio and broadband in the UK – publicly called for similar measures on Tuesday.
Buzzfeed said it had obtained details of the proposals, which would be put out for consultation later in the year. It did not say where it got the proposals from.
Legislation is being drafted by the Home Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), according to the site.
A new regulatory framework for online ‘social harms’, scheduled to be announced this winter, would be created.
This would also involve the creation of a new body, equivalent to Ofcom, for social media and other sites.
The details are reportedly being considered by home secretary Sajid Javid and culture secretary Jeremy Wright.
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