Britain proposes new law that requires social media companies to proactively tackle Russian disinformation
The UK government has said it is proposing a new law that would require social media companies to proactively tackle misinformation posted by foreign states such as Russia.
Fake accounts created on behalf of foreign states to influence elections or court proceedings on platforms such as Meta’s Facebook and Twitter will be dealt with under the law.
Thanks to an amendment to link the National Security Bill and the Online Safety Bill, the law is expected to pass this parliamentary session.
Digital Secretary Nadine Dorries said regulator Ofcom will develop codes of practice to help social media companies comply with the law.
Highlighting how Russia is using social media to spread lies about its actions after its invasion of Ukraine, Dorries said: “We cannot allow foreign states or their puppets to use the internet to conduct an unfettered hostile online warfare”.
“That’s why we’re strengthening our new internet security protections to ensure social media companies identify and eliminate state-sponsored misinformation,” she added.
As tensions rage over the Kremlin offensive, Russian authorities said on Monday that a plaza outside the British embassy in Moscow would be named after pro-Kremlin separatists in Ukraine.
Since the Kremlin sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, London has not recognized the self-proclaimed people’s republics in eastern Ukraine and has staunchly supported Kyiv.
A number of Western countries changed the names of streets hosting Russian missions after President Vladimir Putin announced his “special military operation” to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine.
(With agency contributions)
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