LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated on Wednesday social media firms could be fined 10% of their world revenues if they don’t get hate off their platforms in laws to sort out on-line racist abuse.
Addressing parliament, Johnson additionally stated the federal government would change present soccer banning orders to make sure that folks discovered responsible of racist abuse in opposition to footballers are banned from soccer video games.
“What we’re doing is at this time taking sensible steps to make sure that the Soccer Banning Order regime is modified in order that in case you had been responsible … of racist abuse on-line of footballers then you’ll not be going to the match, no ifs, no buts, no exemptions and no excuses,” he stated.
“Final night time I met representatives of Fb, of Twitter, of TikTok, of Snapchat, of Instagram and I made it completely clear to them that we are going to legislate to deal with this drawback within the on-line harms invoice and until they get hate and racism off their platforms, they are going to face fines amounting to 10% of their world revenues.”
(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; enhancing by Michael Holden)