UK considering legislation for internet regulator

As part of new legislation to better regulate online activity, reports claim that the government is considering a regulatory body to govern the internet.

Although the government has not made comment on the claims, media outlets, such as Buzzfeed News, suggest that the government’s White Paper, due to be released in the coming months, will include proposals to force websites to remove illegal hate speech within a specific time period or face penalties, make social networks verify the age of their users, punish social networks that failed to remove terror content or child abuse images and restrict advertisements online for food and soft drink products that were high in salt, fat or sugar.

A cross-party committee investigating misinformation and fake news recommended in July that the government should reform electoral law for the digital age, tax social networks to pay for digital literacy programmes in schools and create greater transparency around online advertising.

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