Social media bosses will face personal prosecution if they breach their duty of care, the Government will announce. Culture Secretary Baroness Morgan is set to appoint Ofcom to enforce a legal duty of care demanding online giants like Google and Facebook shield children from abuse and self-harm material. Plans are heading to Cabinet today ahead of their expected launch on Safer Internet Day next Tuesday, where Lady Morgan will also reveal the results of a consultation on a White Paper on online harms, the Daily Telegraph reports. The Baroness wants new legislation similar to ‘senior management liability’ laws seen in the financial sector, meaning firms must appoint a director to be personally responsible for making sure legal standards are maintained, with breaches resulting in possible criminal prosecution. Pressure had been mounting on social media bosses following the death of 14-year-old Molly Russell – whose father said she took her own life after looking at self-harm posts on Instagram - in 2017. Culture Secretary Baroness Morgan is set to appoint Ofcom to enforce a legal duty of care demanding online giants like Google and Facebook shield children from abuse and self-harm material A parliamentary Bill bringing the duty of care into law is expected… Read full this story
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