17 Jan 2023

Online Safety Bill: social media bosses to face jail if children aren’t protected


Social media bosses who repeatedly fail to protect children from online harms will face jail, after the Government was forced to head off a potential rebellion by Tory backbenchers.

Under the changes to the Online Safety Bill, executives whose platforms fail to block content involving abuse, suicide and self harm could get two years in prison – a concession that prevents a potentially embarrassing Commons defeat for Rishi Sunak.