The culture secretary for the United Kingdom, Nadine Dorries has warned Facebook to protect users from harmful effects on their platform or they will face criminal prosecution.
The secretary also ordered Facebook to remove its harmful algorithms from its platform.
The United Kingdom is working on an Online Safety bill aimed at protecting its people online and from the likes of Facebook. The bill is expected to be put forward for approval in December.
According to Dorries, Facebook is aware of what they are doing wrong and have had enough time to make things right calling their actions “criminal”.
The online safety bill- what it means for Facebook
The bill is expected to thrust responsibility for false and misleading information posted on social media and the internet at large. Should any company breach these regulations, they could be fined to the tune of up to 10% of their annual global revenue and for a company like Facebook, that will be millions of dollars.
“To platforms, take note now,” Dorries warned. “It will not be two years — we are looking at truncating it to a very much shorter time frame.” [TechCrunch]
In wake of the recent global pandemic, there has been an influx of misinformation and false news circulating on Facebook social media platforms, an action that Dorries considers to be a criminal offence.
Facebook has received a lot of backlash in recent years over safety, privacy and abuse-related issues and this is a new development. Can Facebook regulate what people choose to say online?
Facebook introduced a tool to help fact-check Covid-19 related news and has since helped to reduce misinformation by providing relevant and credible news from the World Health Organisation on both Facebook and Instagram.
A new development saw Facebook give the option to hide like count on Instagram and Facebook posts. Prior to this development, it had received a backlash of how it affects the emotions and health of its users.
You can almost say this is the perks of being the world’s largest social media platform with over 2 billion active users every month!
The secretary is convinced that the bill will be passed sooner than expected and strongly believes that it is the right way to improve Internet culture and security.