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UK to Have ‘Toughest Internet Laws in the World’ … Web ‘Safety Regulator’ … Sites Blocked, Fined … Zuckerberg Warned

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8 April 2019

INVESTMENT WATCH — Social media companies will face huge fines if they fail to live up to their “duty of care” to internet users.

The UK government is taking a hard line when it comes to online safety, moving to establish what it says is the world’s first independent regulator to keep social media companies in check.

Companies that fail to live up to requirements will face huge fines, and senior directors who are proven to have been negligent will be held personally liable. They may also find access to their sites blocked.

The new measures, designed to make the internet a safer place, were announced jointly by the Home Office and Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The introduction of the regulator is the central recommendation of a highly anticipated government white paper, titled Online Harms, published early Monday in the UK. […]

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