Online Harms: Who is responsible and what should happen to platforms who break the rules?
One of the main changes being discussed is that the Government will put in place a new “duty of care” to make companies take more responsibility for the safety of their users.
This means that if something happens online that breaks the law or is harmful, e.g. lots of people are being bullied or there is lots of fake news, social media companies and big technology firms could be fined.
So in other words..
The regulator will be acting a bit like a sports referee. When your playing sports, there are rules you need to stick to, and consequences if you break them and the ref is responsible for keeping an eye on things and making sure that everyone plays by the rules. In the same way the regulator will do that for social media companies, making sure that they are playing by the rules so everyone is kept safe.
- What are your thoughts on a regulator? Do you think it will help?
- What should happen to platforms and companies which break the rules?
- Rainer Maria Rilke