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Ofcom 'quietly' given power to dish out huge fines to Facebook, YouTube and Instagram


Added 08-12-19 12:36:02pm EST - “The Government is under fire after it emerged it agreed the deal with? Ofcom, which is run by Sharon White (pictured), before the public consultation closes at the end of August.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Ofcom given power to fine to Facebook, YouTube and Instagram”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Ofcom, which is run by chief executive Sharon White (pictured),  has 'quietly' been handed new powers to police the internet

Ofcom has 'quietly' been handed powers to levy millions in fines to social media giants including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube who share 'harmful' videos or fail to introduce strict new age checks, it was revealed today.

The Government is under fire after it emerged it agreed the deal with Britain's broadcasting watchdog before the public consultation closes at the end of August.

Ofcom – which already polices TV, radio and broadband in the UK – will become a 'super-regulator' from September 19 2020, but there are concerns it will wield too much power.  

From next year internet companies will be fined up to five per cent of their UK revenues if they fail to stop children seeing pornography and violence online – or if they break age verification rules due by the end of 2019.

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