Britain starts setting up ‘first internet watchdog’

London (AFP) – The British government said Wednesday it plans to allow its broadcast regulator to police the internet and issue substantial fines when social media giants fail to remove “online harm”.Media minister Nicky Morgan told parliament she was “minded to” give the Office of Communications (Ofcom) the powers to oversee online user-generated content.But she said the expanded agency — dubbed the “first internet watchdog” by UK media — would lack the power to take down offensive posts or block platforms that violate “their duty of care”.Those suggestions were outlined in a set of proposa…

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