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UK sees faster criminal penalties for social media CEOs, Telecom News, ET Telecom

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London: UK is considering accelerating criminal penalties against social media CEOs for violating online security laws and failing to handle harmful content as Facebook and other companies around the world face scrutiny.

UK Foreign Secretary for Digital Nadine Dorries is considering accelerating the application of criminal penalties for breaches of upcoming UK online security legislation.

A provision that holds named persons criminally accountable for failing to combat illegal or harmful content on their platforms has been included in the draft Online Safety Act but has been postponed for two years.

“For platforms, take note now. It won’t take two years – we’re considering cutting it down to a much shorter timeframe. That is one of the areas in which, as Foreign Minister, I want to go further with this bill.” ”She told the joint committee that examined the bill on Thursday.

It seeks to “reduce the postponement of criminal liability to just three to six months after the bill comes into effect,” TechCrunch reports.

“I think it’s nonsense that platforms are given two years to prepare for criminal activity. You know what to do now. They actually have the ability to get right what they can do wrong now, now on their own terms. They could remove malicious algorithms tomorrow, “said Dorries.

On renaming Facebook to Meta, Dorries said the social network should be more “employing the work of the 10,000-20,000 or so engineers it plans to use to develop Metaverse technology for online safety and to keep children safe from the horrors of Internet content.” protection”.

“When damage is done, we go after him. Now get those 10,000 or 20,000 engineers to adhere to your terms and conditions and remove your malicious algorithms because if you don’t, that bill is watertight, ”she noted.

“People like Mark Zuckerberg and Nick Clegg who want to take off into the Metaverse. My advice would be: stay in the real world, ”added Dorries.

Facebook continues to fight serious allegations by whistleblower Frances Haugen and others about user privacy and the existence of misinformation on its platforms.

According to global research firm Forrester, to counter the allegations, Zuckerberg has stressed the company’s commitment to bring the Metaverse (as the next computing platform) to life and has indicated that it would be “an essential part” of Facebook’s future investments .

“While it will help ease confusion by differentiating Facebook’s parent company from its founding app, changing its name doesn’t suddenly erase the systemic problems plaguing the company,” said Forrester VP and Research Director Mike Proulx.

“If Meta does not address its problems beyond a defensive and superficial stance, the same problems will occupy the metaverse,” he added.

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