Censorship in the UK

Censorship in the UK, by Sam Coates.

Social media companies should face fines or prosecution for failing to remove racist, extremist or child sex abuse content, an influential committee will tell the government tomorrow.

Theresa May’s independent ethics watchdog will recommend laws to shift the liability for illegal content on to social media firms, The Times has learnt. This would recast the companies as publishers and stop them describing themselves as platforms with no control over the millions of messages and videos that they host. …

The recommendation forms part of the conclusions of an inquiry into intimidation experienced by parliamentary candidates in this year’s election campaign. Proposals on the speed with which companies should take down defamatory posts or ones that involve hate speech are likely to be included. …

Asked about the committee’s efforts to tackle the problem of online abuse, Lord Bew has previously said: “There is a degree of frustration in our committee about what’s actually been done, given the vast resources of these companies, to protect the integrity of our democracy. We are less than hugely impressed by what they have done.” …

Oh dear, the people speak back. Better lock down the media again, so only the proper people can be heard in public.

A former Facebook executive has revealed he feels “tremendous guilt” for helping to create the social media giant that he says is part of an industry “ripping apart” society. Chamath Palihapitiya, 41, the company’s former vice-president for user growth, told an audience at Stanford University: “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no co-operation; misinformation, mistruth.”