Policing Tech Giants: No Harm, No Foul, No Social Media?

The UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport proposed a new watchdog that will oversee tech giants, with the threat of sanctions for executives and big fines for breaches of rules.


So, what does the report say should be done? First, it says that we should move “far beyond” self-regulation. The implication is clearly that the big tech companies — the really huge ones, which attract a lot of media and regulator attention — have not taken enough responsibility for the content that goes on their platforms.


That debate has raged in the aforementioned world of privacy, too. The GDPR, which got masses of press when it was put in place in May last year, was argued by some as being a seriously painful piece of regulation to comply with.

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