Labour proposes ‘authorized responsibility of care’ on social media corporations to cease scams

Labor would use social media companies for scams hosted on their platforms to protect families from online fraud.

The party said the government was putting the public at risk by not including online fraud in the upcoming online safety law.

Labor said it would impose “adequate, effective legal due diligence on social media companies in relation to what they host on their platforms.”

Shadow Digital, Culture and Media Minister Jo Stevens will tell the Labor conference on Sunday that this would apply not only to scams, but also to “increasing cases of child abuse, self-harm and suicidal behavior, dangerous anti-vax Misinformation, Discrimination and Hate ”. Speech and more ”.

She will say, “We have an epidemic of online fraud. But the government refuses to include human protection in this law.

Martin Lewis from MoneySavingExpert is said to have supported the idea (Kirsty O’Connor / PA)

“Campaigner Martin Lewis called for it, the victims asked, the City of London Police called for it, but the Conservatives say no – they deny the opportunity to protect the public and instead stand up for fraudsters.

“Well, Labor is going to do what the Tory government doesn’t.

“Labor will form a broad coalition in parliament for better legislation that will protect people from the scammers.

“This imposes an appropriate and effective legal duty of care on social media companies about what they host on their platforms. And unlike the government, we will fight for criminal sanctions for high-level technology managers who repeatedly break the new law. “

Labor said last year it lost £ 2.3 billion to online fraud and fraud affecting hundreds of thousands of families, with 413,553 cases reported.

It is said that online fraud increased by up to 70% during the pandemic as families turned to online shopping and banking, and that the most common tactic used by scammers is to launch fake websites, mobile apps, or social media advertisements set up.

Social media shareA view of the Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook apps on an iPhone screen (Matthew Vincent / PA)

Ms. Stevens will add: “Four years after the Conservatives promised laws that didn’t even do the government’s basic duty – to keep its citizens safe, we tabled a weak and watered-down online safety law.

“Large social media companies have been left uncontrolled and unregulated as their platforms increasingly host child abuse, self-harm and suicidal content, dangerous anti-Vax misinformation, discrimination, hate speech and more. And these companies make a lot of money with it.

“The Tories’ bill provides for self-regulation by companies. To mark their own homework. And the good, responsible companies in the tech sector recognize that we need clear regulation. We will continue to work with them to make our internet life safer. Especially for children. “

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