Social media firms face block on harmful content

Britain’s information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has said social media companies will required to shut down algorithms that promote harmful content to children. The exploitation of children’s data to direct them to “ever more provocative or intensive content” will be blocked with new legal powers, Ms Denham said, to help prevent children like Molly Russell being lured into accessing dangerous content. A new statutory code will include “cease and desist” orders which could shut down a tech giant’s services and “no-notice” inspections. Additionally, tech firms will also be required to enforce age-verification on their sites. Meanwhile, Molly Russell’s father, Ian, will have to raise tens of thousands of pounds or represent Molly’s interests in court himself after his request for legal aid for her inquest was turned down. Molly killed herself in 2017 after viewing suicide material on social media.

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