UK forces internet companies to curb foreign ‘disinformation’

Bloomberg – With an amendment to its new online security law, the UK will force owners of apps such as social networks and search engines to rein into “state-related disinformation” Or face heavy fines.

platform owners Where people can post their own content, they will have a legal duty to proactively cut back on posts sponsored by foreign governments The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said in a statement on Monday that it intended to “intervene in the UK”.

If they don’t, the Ofcom regulator will have the ability to do so Impose fines of up to 10% of its global annual sales, in powers granted under the upcoming Internet Security Act.

In the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, companies including Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOG) have blocked Kremlin-linked outlets such as RT News, formerly known as Russia Today.

Security Minister Damien Hinds said disinformation is often planted by various fake characters, with the aim of urging real users to “share” it without their knowledge. in the statement. “We need the big internet platforms to do more to identify and disrupt this kind of unoriginal coordinated behavior.”

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