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British PM Candidate Promises Social Media Crackdown

Theresa May’s party “is expected to win a majority at the June 8 election,” reports Reuters — and she’s promising they’ll pass new social media laws. An anonymous reader quotes Politico:
They want to introduce a new measure that could fine or punish internet firms which fail to adequately flag and take down content harmful to minors or “direct users unintentionally to hate speech, pornography or other sources of harm,” according to a press release. “The internet has brought a wealth of opportunity but also significant new risks which have evolved faster than society’s response to them,” May said. “We want social media companies to do more to help redress the balance and will take action to make sure they do”… The Conservative digital platform also promises to better protect Brits’ personal information, compelling social media companies to trash user records from before the age of 18. The party plans to encourage the development of digital by default government and business services, as well.

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