The Online Safety Bill is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom to control online speech and media. It was published as a draft on 12 May 2021 and received its third reading on 19 September 2023. Following the earlier 2019 Online Harms White Paper, the bill gives the relevant Secretary of State the power, subject to parliamentary approval, to designate and suppress or record a wide range of speech and media deemed "harmful".More and more, people are calling information harmful. Such as using the wrong pronouns, warning about vaccines, giving crime statistics, and criticizing another religion.
The bill requires platforms, including end-to-end encrypted messengers, to scan for CSAM, despite warnings from experts that it is not possible to implement such a scanning mechanism without undermining users' privacy.
The bill creates a new duty of care of online platforms, requiring them to take action against illegal or legal but "harmful" content from their users.
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Britain Bans Harmful Information
Britain does not have free speech, and now it is passing the Online Safety Bill: