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UK government mulls plans for dedicated internet regulator


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After Article 13, what next for the intersection of technology platforms and regulation? Keep your eye on the UK, where the government is reportedly mulling plans to set up a dedicated ‘internet regulator’ to crack down on online ‘social harms’.

BuzzFeed has a good summary of legislation currently being drafted (although not yet finalised, so it could change) to create a regulator that “would make tech firms liable for content published on their platforms and have the power to sanction companies that fail to take down illegal material and hate speech within hours”. The emphasis appears to be on terrorist content, child-abuse images and hate speech rather than copyright, but platform liability and mandatory takedowns are clearly relevant to the arguments the music and tech industry have been having around safe harbour. A white paper will be published this winter outlining the final proposals.

Stuart Dredge

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