Tech bosses face jail under new UK rules

Under a new move social media bosses could be jailed if their content fails to protect children. This move comes in a attempt to create one of the toughest regimes targeted at regulating platforms such as TikTok, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

The UK is not alone in the struggle to protect those using social media platforms whilst also protecting free speech. Intentional violations could be seen as a criminal offence that faces a possible jail sentence.

These companies also risk fines as high as 10% of turnover if there are not protections put in place. This will not apply to those who have acted in good faith. Some of the concerns raised in the bill included posts promoting self harm and child abuse.

Some have warned that such penalties will not only by faced by social media platforms but also public interest website volunteer led content moderation sites.

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