Feb 6, 2019

Labour call to break up digital giants to protect users

PA Digital media giants too often choose ad sales over accuracy and "Profit from children rather than protect them", says Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson. A Labour government would create a new regulator with the power to break up tech firms if they did not curb harmful content, he said in a speech. Mr Watson, who is also Labour's shadow digital minister, says companies like Facebook and Google are able to achieve "Data monopolies" by swallowing up smaller rivals. The government is working on new laws to force digital companies to take down content judged to be harmful more quickly. Culture Minister Margot James warned on Tuesday they would face new legislation unless they do more to protect their users from content promoting suicide and self-harm.

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