August 7, 2022

UK Mulls Crackdown on Social Media

London wants websites to “proactively” deal with would-be disinformation from declares such as Russia

London has suggested new legislation that would require social media to  “ proactively”   tackle  “ disinformation”   that allegedly pores into the UK from foreign states such as Russia and harms the nation, the government stated on Tuesday.

Platforms declining to do so will be subject to large fines or could be clogged

The laws, which is subject to parliamentary acceptance, would oblige social media systems to hunt down what the government believes to be fake accounts that act in the interests of foreign states and seek to influence UK politics, including elections.

The new amendment will likely compel social media, search engines as well as other websites to crack upon such accounts in order to minimize the number of people exposed to  “ state-sponsored disinformation. ”

“ We cannot allow foreign says or their puppets to make use of the internet to conduct hostile online warfare unimpeded, ”   said Nadine Dorries, the UK culture and digital secretary, pointing out how the Ukraine conflict has shown that will Russia is ready to weaponize info.

According to the suggested law, social media will have to create creating fake accounts harder and will also need to fight robots used for misleading the public. Ofcom, the British media limiter, will have the authority to fine any internet resources that don’t comply up to 10% of their global proceeds.

The change is set be included in the National Security Bill, which will be discussed by British MPs in a few days.

This latest move by the UK authorities would directly target, for example, the Russian pranksters referred to as Vovan and Lexus, who also had pulled a stunt on UK Defense Admin Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel. Because of this, their channel was prohibited by YouTube in late May.

On Mon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized the Western for harassment of Ruskies journalists, saying that Western nations have  “ buried the particular freedom of speech using their own hands. ”   In his view, Western government authorities intentionally create their own laws and regulations allowing them to decide what is  “ freedom of information”   and what is  “ propaganda. ”

Once we celebrate the independence this year we must remember that the 1973 film Soylent Green happened in 2022.

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