Websites to be fined over ‘online harms’ under new proposals

Websites to be fined over ‘online harms’ under new proposals

The government’s plans also include blocking offending sites from appearing in web searches.

Internet sites could be fined or blocked if they fail to tackle “online harms” such as terrorist propaganda and child abuse, under government plans.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has proposed an independent watchdog and a code of practice that tech companies would have to follow.

Senior managers would be held liable for breaches, with a possible levy on the industry to fund the regulator.

But one think tank called the plans a “historic attack” on freedom of speech.

The Online Harms White Paper covers a range of issues, including spreading terrorist content, child sex abuse, so-called revenge pornography, hate crimes, harassment and “fake news”.

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