US corporations search to chop remit of social media watchdog | Eire

The new online safety commissioner should not be allowed to handle individual complaints about social media companies, the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) has told Catherine Martin, the culture minister, who is responsible for introducing the new Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill.

AmCham, which represents US multinationals such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, wrote to Martin in December after she set up an expert group to consider whether the public should be able to make complaints directly to the proposed online safety commissioner about abuse on social media.

Under the bill as drafted, individuals would instead make representations to “NGOs and representative bodies” who would identify “systemic issues” and bring them to the attention of the industry-funded watchdog.

Catherine Martin, the culture minister, is responsible for introducing the new Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill

Catherine Martin, the culture minister, is responsible for introducing the new Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill

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AmCham said switching to an individual

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