UK to make social media platforms responsible for harmful content: BBC

FILE PHOTO: The Twitter and Facebook logo along with binary cyber codes are seen in this illustration taken November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s regulator Ofcom will make social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter, responsible for harmful content on their platforms, the BBC said on Wednesday.

The broadcaster quoted Nicky Morgan, Britain’s outgoing digital minister, saying that platforms had resisted regulation previously but “they understand now that actually regulation is coming”.

A spokeswoman for the ministry refused to confirm the details or provide any comments by the minister.

Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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