New Internet Security Bill
The UK Parliament has discussed the UK Internet Safety Act, one of the most significant new measures to provide checks and balances in the social media business.
The law must be passed by April 2023.
The law, which was initially put forth in 2019, strikes a deft balance between safeguarding free expression and shielding Internet users from objectionable material.
It’s not perfect, but it adopts a generally fair stance that views social media platforms as actual environments where health and safety regulations must be observed. As a result, Facebook or Instagram should be responsible for handling harassment prevention and disinformation removal.
Large social media companies are essentially required by the bill to share the findings of their risk assessments with Ofcom, the UK’s telecommunications regulator, so that they can be compiled and posted on the terms and conditions pages of the serving platform.