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UK to unleash internet “safety czar” on Google, Facebook, Twitter

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Having been one of the early targets of social media censorship on Facebook, YouTube et al, I have for quite some time advocated for anti-trust action against these bullying behemoths. But the story below shows that this is not just an American problem. The dhimmi government of Theresa May is appointing a “safety czar” to make sure the social media giants remain sharia-compliant.

If this isn’t stopped, it will mean the end of free societies in the West. Read my article about this at The American Thinker. We are seeing an unprecedented erosion in our free speech rights, increasingly prohibiting the flow of ideas and free expression in the public square (social media). Run by left-wing self-possessed snowflakes, social media giants are indulging their worst autocratic impulses. And because they can, it is getting worse. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

“UK to unleash internet safety czar on Google, Facebook, Twitter,” by Katie Collins, CNet, April 8, 2019:

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 Monday in the UK.

The regulator will be tasked with ensuring social media companies tackle a range of online problems, including:

As well as applying to the major social networks, such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, the requirements will also have to be met by file-hosting sites, online forums, messaging services and search engines.

“For too long these companies have not done enough to protect users, especially children and young people, from harmful content,” UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement. “We have listened to campaigners and parents, and are putting a legal duty of care on internet companies to keep people safe.”

Google and Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The UK government is trying to decide whether to appoint an existing regulator to the job or to create a brand-new regulator position purely for this purpose. Initially the position will be funded by the tech industry, and the government is debating a levy for social media companies.

“The era of self-regulation for online companies is over,” Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright said in a statement. “Voluntary actions from industry to tackle online harms have not been applied consistently or gone far enough.”…

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