Three-quarters of public need social media bosses prosecuted for failing to maintain youngsters secure on-line

More than three-quarters of the public support tracking of executives in social media companies if their companies consistently fail to protect children from online harm. This is the result of a survey by the NSPCC.

Eight in ten of the 2,000 UK adults surveyed also want social media bosses to be fined for consistent failures. Nine out of ten support government plans to introduce due diligence that would force companies to ensure their services are safe for children.

The law enforcement call goes further than the government’s current plans, largely based on multi-billion pound fines equivalent to up to 10 percent of their global sales for the most egregious violations of proposed new due diligence laws.

Sir Peter Wanless, NSPCC’s chief executive officer, said: “Today’s polls show the clear public consensus for stricter legislation that integrates child protection into the design of their platforms by technology companies.

“Minister of Culture Oliver Dowden is judged on whether he makes decisions in the public interest and acts firmly on the side of children, whose legislation is ambitious enough to protect them from avoidable harm.

“For too long, kids have been an afterthought to big tech, but the Online Security Act can transform culture by resetting industry standards and giving Ofcom the power to hold companies accountable for misuse.”

Ninety percent of respondents wanted companies to have legal responsibility for detecting child abuse, such as child abuse. B. Care, have on their websites.

The survey found that only eight percent of adults in the UK believe that websites are regularly designed to be safe for children. However, 70 percent are in favor of a legal requirement for platforms to assess the risks of child abuse in their services and take measures to address them.

The NSPCC’s Delivering a Duty of Care report, released earlier this week, assessed plans for the legislation through its six tests for bold and lasting protection for children online.

It found that the government failed on a third of the indicators (nine out of 27). Tighter measures are needed to tackle sexual abuse and give Ofcom the powers it needs to develop and enforce regulations that are fit for decades to come.

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