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Facebook, YouTube, and Snapchat execs could be named, shamed, and held personally liable for harmful content under new UK laws

Facebook, YouTube, and Snapchat execs could be named, shamed, and held personally liable for harmful content under new UK laws
Drew Angerer/Staff



Executives at Facebook, Google, and Snapchat might be held personally responsible if their firms don't delete harmful content off their services, according to UK government plans seen by The Guardian.




A government policy paper, to be published Monday, is expected to introduce a much stricter regulatory regime for tech firms.




The UK will establish a new regulator that will have the power to fine tech firms billions if they don't obey a new mandatory code of conduct.




Australia is also mulling big fines and even threatening jail time in cases where big tech firms don't tackle violent material on their sites.




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Executives at Facebook, YouTube, and Snapchat, and other big tech companies may be held personally responsible for harmful content on their services, according to UK government plans seen by The Guardian.
Details are scant, but the report suggests individual executives at the major tech firms will be held personally liable if their companies don't delete content relating to terrorism, child abuse, self-harm, and suicide.
It is not clear exactly what this personal liability will entail, but the idea of criminal convictions has been floated. "We will consider all possible options for penalties," Jeremy Wright, the UK's culture secretary, told the BBC in February.
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