April 12, 2019
Regulations proposed by the UK government to limit the spread of ‘harmful’ content could lead to the lawful speech of millions being censored, civil rights groups warn.
The chiefs of five prominent organisations have spoken out about their issues with the Online Harms White Paper, issued on Monday, in an open letter to the Guardian.
Experts say that the report, which proposes taking sites offline to UK citizens if they fall foul of new regulators, would be ‘disastrous if it proceeds in its current form.’
The white paper also suggests levying massive fines on companies like Facebook and Google and their employees if they fail to meet up to regulatory requirements.
It’s part of an effort to crack down on the spread of child abuse images, terrorism, revenge pornography and hate crime online.
But they have sparked fears that they could backfire and turn Britain into the first Western nation to adopt the kind of censorship usually associated with totalitarian regimes.
This article was posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 at 4:26 am