Coronavirus (842) BBC: Harmful lies spread easily due to lack of UK law

21 July, 2020

Extracts below from a BBC news item. Full text here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-53480226

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'Misleading and harmful online content about Covid-19 has spread "virulently" because the UK still lacks a law to regulate social media, an influential group of MPs has said.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee urged the government to publish a draft copy of promised legislation by the autumn.

It follows suggestions the Online Harms Bill might not be in force until 2024.

The group's chairman said tech firms could not be left to self-regulate...'

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