February 12, 2020 / 10:13 AM / 5 days ago

Britain to make social media platforms responsible for harmful content

FILE PHOTO: People are silhouetted as they pose with phones in front of a screen projected with a Facebook logo, in this picture illustration

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Wednesday it would impose a new duty of care on big tech companies, such as Facebook, Google and Snap, to better protect online users from harmful content.

The government said the duty of care would be designed to ensure that all companies had appropriate systems and processes in place to react to concerns over harmful content.

Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Kate Holton

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