UK digital secretary throws cold water over bid for laws on kids' use of social media

www.theregister.co.uk | 6/11/2018 | Staff
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UK digi secretary Matt Hancock has rejected the idea of greater government intervention on kids' use of tech – just as The Daily Telegraph launched a campaign calling on politicians to take stronger action.

The Tory-friendly paper has teamed up with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) as well as academics and doctors who believe youngsters are being damaged by their rampant use of social media – and that it is the government's job to prevent this by wielding the legislative stick.

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Arguing that social networks are treating child safeguarding as "optional", NSPCC boss Peter Wanless wrote in the paper: "After years of inadequate action I am absolutely adamant that now is the time to introduce statutory regulation on social media sites."

However, Hancock – who has been open about his desire to crack down on tech firms for the content published on their platforms – has already dealt the paper's campaign a bit of a blow by saying he has no plans to legislate on kids' use of social media and other technologies.

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"In some places laws are required," he told The Guardian. "In other places, it's just that as a...
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