Plan to make big tech remove harmful content axed

Controversial measures which would have forced big technology platforms to remove legal but harmful material have been axed from the Online Safety Bill.

Critics of the section in the bill claimed it posed a risk to free speech.

Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan denied weakening laws protecting social media users and said adults would have more control over what they saw online.

The bill – which aims to police the internet – is intended to become law in the UK before MPs break next summer.

It previously included a section which required “the largest, highest-risk platforms” to tackle some legal but harmful material accessed by adults.

It meant that the likes of Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, would have been tasked with preventing people being exposed to content like for example self-harm, eating disorder and misogynistic posts.

But some argued this opened the door for technology companies to censor legal speech.

It was “legislating for hurt feelings”, former Conservative…

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