On Monday, 8 April 2019, the UK’s Home Office and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, jointly released a white paper on what they describe as ‘online harms’.
The white paper will lead, they say, to the “first online safety laws of their kind”, legally requiring social media companies and “tech firms” to “protect their users and face tough penalties if they do not comply.”
A twelve week consultation period began in parallel with the launch of the white paper. We would encourage everyone to submit your views.
The release of the white paper was covered by Mike Robinson and Patrick Henningsen on UK Column News. (above)
In parallel with publication of the white paper, the Cabinet Office announced the ‘RESIST’ toolkit, which “enables organisations to develop a strategic counter-disinformation capability.”
Also announced was a behaviour change campaign aimed at the public to tackle “disinformation”. A pilot campaign, they said, “has launched and aims to increase audience resilience to disinformation, by educating and empowering those who see, inadvertently share and are affected by false and misleading information. The campaign will increase the audience’s ability to spot disinformation by providing them with straightforward advice to help them check whether content is likely to be false or intentionally misleading.”
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