White paper proposes making executives liable for harmful content on their platforms

MPs have welcomed news that the government is considering personally fining social media executives deemed to have failed to meet their duty of care to users, with one calling the decision a “massive step forward in making companies actually liable” for activity on their platforms.

The Guardian revealed on Thursday that the online harms white paper, due to be published on Monday, will call for the creation of a regulator with the power to draw up codes of conduct for social media firms. It also proposes serious punishments for companies that breach the codes and in doing so fail to meet their duty of care.

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