Ministers unveil plans to block harmful content, while guaranteeing free speechOfcom will be put in charge of regulating the internet, the government has announced, with a new range of powers intended to protect users from “harmful and illegal content” online.The announcement comes as the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport publishes its response to a consultation over the online harms white paper, unveiled last April. Continue reading...
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UK social regulation: the UK is continuing to flesh out its plan to give social platforms a legal...UK social regulation: the UK is continuing to flesh out its plan to give social platforms a legal obligation to have ‘best effort’ processes to remove harmful content. Two interesting things about this: first, it’s addressing a specific problem rather than ‘regulating the tech giants’ and 2: it applies a regulatory culture that Europeans take for granted but that Americans can find very alien. Instead of the US model of a rules-based system run by lawyers, the UK will apply an outcome-based system based on high-level principles and reasonableness tests - ‘how bad is this and how hard did you try?’, rather than ‘did you check the boxes’. Expect more of this kind of cultural clash.