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Online safety bill: ambiguous definitions of harm could threaten freedom of speech instead of protecting it – Laura Higson-Bliss

The UK government’s much anticipated online safety bill has now been released. The bill seeks to impose a duty of care on companies, such as social media platforms, to remove illegal content, and in some cases, “legal but harmful” content, quickly. Failure to comply will result in heavy fines or, in extreme circumstances, company executives facing prosecution. Yet what is considered “legal but harmful” content remains unclear. Continue reading

Online Safety Bill: The ‘new’ offences added to the bill are not really new, and could continue to fail victims of online abuse – Laura Higson-Bliss

The UK government has recently revealed more detail about its ambitious plans to become the “safest place in the world to go online” by way of the online safety bill. The draft bill is currently being reviewed by the government following a report by the joint committee, with the bill expected to go before parliament in the coming months. Continue reading

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