Social media giants could finally face huge fines for failing to deal with illegal or harmful content under a long awaited new law published today. The Online Safety Bill, which has been in the works for five years, will see broadcast regulator Ofcom put in charge of cracking down on rule-breaking tech giants. And it will be given the power to fine companies or block access to sites that fail to comply with the new rules. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said the bill would put an end to internet firms being allowed to "mark their own homework". She added: "Since taking on the job I have listened to people in politics, wider society and industry and strengthened the Bill, so that we can achieve our central aim: to make the UK the safest place to go online.” Under the new bill, firms will have to set out how they plan to tackle 'legal but harmful' content in their terms and conditions. It's likely to include content linked to self-harm, eating disorders, suicide and racist abuse – but the list will be confirmed through follow-up laws approved by Parliament. Molly Russell took her own life after viewing disturbing material online (… Read full this story
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