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Harsher measures taken to regulate social media in UK

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 2 Apr 2024, 9:59AM
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Harsher measures taken to regulate social media in UK

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 2 Apr 2024, 9:59AM

The UK is taking harsher measures to hold social media giants to account. 

Media regulator ‘OFCOM’, the Office of Communications, plans to issue orders to social media firms that will unlock a child’s account if it’s suspected it played a role in their death or suicide. 

Failure to comply could see the company fined up to 10% of its global revenue.  

Social Media Commentator Vaughn Davis told Mike Hosking that there’s no doubt that social media plays a role in bullying and suicide, but it’s mostly the location that’s changing, not the behaviour. 

Davis said that while firms like to be seen as though they’re working collaboratively to solve the issue, when it comes to digging into the data and using it to understand and prevent suicide, they’re not as interested. 

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