Oct 23, 2021

Twitter says Online Safety Bill needs more clarity

Government plans for social media regulation need "Far more clarity", a Twitter boss has told the BBC.Katy Minshall said the draft Online Safety Bill fails to answer key concerns and risks leaving the regulator Ofcom to "Muddle through". "Enough is enough. Social media companies have no excuses. And once this bill passes through Parliament, they will have no choice." Companies who breach Ofcom rules could face fines of up to £18m.Social media sites would also be required to moderate content from different political viewpoints equally and without discrimination. Conservative MP Mark Francois said people sending "Horrendous abuse" online should not be allowed to "Hide behind a cloak of anonymity with the connivance of the social media companies for profit". In February of this year, Twitter boss Jack Dorsey said his company had experienced an "Extraordinary year" in 2020, with revenues growing by 28% to $1.29bn compared to the last quarter of 2019.Ms Minshall said the bill had thrown up "All sorts of really important questions" such as "How do we define legal but harmful content" and "What sorts of exemptions should we make for journalistic content or content of democratic importance".

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