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Britain to Create Regulator for Internet Content

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The U.K. plans to give the government more power to regulate Internet content.

Credit: Pete Marovich/The New York Times

The U.K. has introduced a plan to give the government more power to regulate Internet content, as part of an effort to force Internet companies like Facebook and YouTube to more closely monitor their own platforms.

Under the proposed plan, the country's media regulator—Ofcom—will take on new responsibilities monitoring Internet content and would have the power to issue penalties against companies that do not do enough to combat "harmful and illegal terrorist and child abuse content."

The plan raises many questions, including what penalties the new regulator would be able to impose, and how it would keep watch over the billions of pieces of user-generated content posted on social media platforms.

One proposal circulated by the government last year suggested the agency could issue fines, block access to websites, and make individual executives legally liable for harmful content.

From The New York Times
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