- Campaigners will have line to Ofcom to complain about social media giants
- ‘Super complaint’ system will allow Ofcom to remain on top of concerns
Free speech advocates will be given the right to lodge ‘super complaints’ against woke online censorship under new internet laws.
Campaigners will have a direct line to Ofcom to raise concerns when they believe social media giants are consistently removing legal content.
It follows concerns that the Online Safety Act could encourage platforms to be overzealous in taking down content to avoid billion-pound fines.
The proposal would also apply to children’s charities, who could use it to flag Ofcom when they believe social media outlets are letting its youngest users view harmful material.
Under the act, companies such as Meta would be required to remove illegal content from their platforms or face fines from Ofcom.
While individual users would be expected to report such breaches, ministers yesterday unveiled the super-complaints system to help the watchdog ‘stay on top’ of emerging problems.
Jim Norton Technology