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British doctors want a tax on tech giants to fund research on the harms caused by social media

CNBC [1]
January 17, 2020

Tech giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter should be slapped with a “turnover tax” to fund research into the harms caused by their social media platforms, according to leading U.K. psychiatrists.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists released a report [2] on Friday calling for the British government to force such tech companies to hand data over to universities that would help researchers understand how children and teens are affected by harmful online content.

In that report, the doctors also recommend “a levy on tech companies proportionate to their worldwide turnover.”

“This would be used to fund independent research and training packages for clinicians, teachers and others working with children and young people,” the college said.

Representatives for Facebook, Google and Twitter were not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC.

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