The UK government has proposed a new Online Safety Bill to protect people from harm online. The bill aims to hold social media companies accountable for harmful content on their platforms and to make the internet a safer place for children and vulnerable people. But will this new law be effective in achieving its goals?
The bill proposes a new regulatory body, the Online Safety Regulator, to fine or even shut down social media companies that fail to remove harmful content. This includes content that incites violence, promotes terrorism, or spreads misinformation. The regulator will also enforce age-restriction rules and ensure social media companies protect children from online harms.
The bill also requires internet companies to disclose how they use personal data. This will give users more control over their personal information and help protect them from online scams and fraud. However, some experts have raised concerns about the bill’s effectiveness and its potential impact on free speech and creativity. Others argue the bill does not go far enough in protecting people from online harms.