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Online Safety Bill - Bad For Online Freedom

By Andrew Tettenborn writing for The Critic


From the article,

The government’s Online Safety Bill, which had its second reading in the Commons last Wednesday, demonstrates all of the above. It originated in a well-meaning but incautious “duty of care” campaign instituted by the Telegraph following a high-profile child suicide in 2017. It was aimed specifically at preventing social media from targeting children with inappropriate material on such things as eating disorders and self-harm. Unfortunately, since its government takeover it has morphed into a legislative monster. It now would impose highly intrusive controls on what can be seen online by children and adults alike, on social media such as Facebook and Instagram, on facilities such as Youtube or Instagram, and in certain cases on search engines.

Read the full article at The Critic