Facebook, Google Should Be Held Accountable for Online Scam Advertisements, Cyberflashing: UK Lawmakers


A cross-party group of British lawmakers has called for Google, Facebook and other online services to be held legally accountable for ads on their platforms to prevent scammers from defrauding millions of consumers. Britain has proposed a landmark online safety law to penalize abuses such as child pornography, racism and violence against women, but a joint committee of parliamentarians made up of both houses of parliament said on Tuesday that it should be banned from paid advertisements. To cover must go one step further.

“Except for paid advertising would give service providers little incentive to remove harmful advertisements, and risk encouraging further dissemination of such content,” the joint committee report said.

The Financial Conduct Authority also wants to include advertisements on social media and search engines, which have been excluded from the draft law following the theft of nL8N2QU29V GBP 754 million (about Rs 7560.55 crore) from consumers in the first six months of this year.

The report also supported the Law Commission’s recommendation to make cyber flashing, or the unsolicited sending of pornographic images or video recordings, which are often a feature of sexual harassment, illegal.

The draft law is due to be approved in 2022 and the government has two months to say whether it will support the recommendation, as well as several others that lawmakers say need “time to call the Wild West online”. Is.

“The era of self-regulation for big tech is over. Companies are clearly responsible for the services they design and benefit from, and need to be accountable for the decisions they make, ” said Chairman Damien Collins of the Joint Committee.

Britain’s communications regulator Ofcom should prepare a mandatory code of practice for Internet service providers, the report said.

However, there must be “robust protections” for freedom of expression, including automatic exemptions for accredited news publishers. Britain’s Financial Services Minister John Glenn said last month that he was “very sympathetic” to the introduction of online ads in the bill or similar action.

FCA spent GBP 600,000 (approximately Rs 6.02 crore): Google warn about a scam The ad, though the online giant has said it will only take ads from firms regulated by the FCA, and offered a $3 million (about Rs 22.84 crore) credit to the regulator.

“Without a conclusive response from the government and tech giants, many more individuals will fall prey to these scammers,” said Mel Stride, chairman of Parliament’s Treasury Committee, who supported the recommendation to help remove fraudulent online ads.

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