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UK looks to tame the ‘wild west’ internet

Britain is planning to propose a series of laws that will address “cyberbullying” and place restrictions on social media.

The Hill:

Matt Hancock, Britain’s digital minister, said Sunday that the government would publish a document that lays out proposals for future legislation.

“Digital technology is overwhelmingly a force for good across the world and we must always champion innovation and change for the better,” Hancock said in a statement.

Any country with a “digital minister” deserves whatever censorship government can invent.

“At the same time, I have been clear that we have to address the Wild West elements of the Internet through legislation, in a way that supports innovation,” he added.

Reuters reported that he did not provide more specifics, but said the government plans to work with regulators, platforms and advertising companies to address “both legal and illegal harms.”

Hancock said proposed laws would be introduced later this year, with the goal of establishing them in the next couple years.

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