Britain plans to organize social media to combat harmful content

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Britain on Monday proposed new Internet safety laws that would impose sanctions on social networking and technology companies if it failed to protect its users from malicious content.

The ease of access to harmful substances, especially among young people, has led to growing concern around the world and increased interest in Britain after the suicide of a 14-year-old student whose parents said she committed suicide after she saw online articles on depression and suicide.

Governments around the world are looking for the best ways to control the content of social networking platforms that are often blamed for promoting abuses, the spread of nudity over the Internet, and influencing or manipulating voters. Live broadcasts of the mass murder of two mosques in New Zealand On Facebook platforms to fuel these global concerns in recent times. Australia said after the crackdown that it would impose fines on social networking companies and the Internet and jail executives if violent content was not removed “quickly”.

The government said in a policy document widely seen in the British media that it would look into the possibility of fines and denial of access to websites and accounting for top management of technology companies for failing to curb the spread of malicious content.

The Government will also establish a regulatory body to oversee these rules.

Facebook said it looked forward to working with the government to ensure that the new measures were effective, reiterating the position of its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, that such measures are necessary to have a unified approach through social networking platforms.

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