The United Kingdom has passed online safety legislation aimed at making England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland “the safest place in the world to be online”. One of the key changes is the following: The text obligates major technologies to monitor and deal with illegal content. Currently, these companies have to act only after being warned.
Online Protection Act
- Additionally, the Online Safety Act requires new age verification measures to prevent minors from accessing harmful content;
- This makes it more transparent about the dangers to children on major social media platforms, while allowing parents and children the ability to report problems online;
- The potential penalties are also severe: up to 10% of the company’s global annual revenue;
- The Act was redrafted several times during its journey through Parliament over the years.
We welcomed Arthur Igreja, an expert on technology and innovation, to talk more about this matter. He told us a bit about the changes to big technologies and the population in the UK.
“This is a very important change because it calls for a big technology initiative. What this law says is that companies must effectively monitor content and identify [conteúdos impróprios] And take it out of the air, in short, take action before the complaint happens, before the complaint happens.”
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