3 Key Issues In UK's 'Online Harms' Regulatory Framework

Law360 (May 24, 2019, 3:17 PM EDT) -- How do you police the internet? That is the question that the government sought to answer with the launch of last month’s online harms white paper.[1] The white paper, a cross-departmental collaboration between the home secretary and the culture secretary, outlines a proposed regulatory framework to tackle the prevalence of illegal and harmful content online, dubbed “online harms."

The concept of “online harms” is a broad one, going further than illegality (which would include, for example, content relating to child sexual abuse or terrorism) and encompassing “harms with a less clear definition” such as trolling, disinformation and advocacy of self-harm. Currently,...

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