UK Prime Minister Theresa May is planning to introduce huge restrictions on the way we use the internet, allowing the government to control what is said online.
The announcement has been made in the conservative manifesto, and makes it clear that they want to introduce a change to the way information is shared online. She has said “Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet” it states “We disagree.”
Members of the conservative government confirmed to BuzzFeed News that they intend to place huge restrictions on what we can post, share and publish online. They have claimed the plans will allow Britain to become “the global leader in the regulation of the use of personal data and the internet”
The announcement comes soon after the Investigatory Powers Act came into effect. This law allows the government to force online companies to monitor consumers, keeping records of their browsing histories. The law also gives authorities the power to hack apps with encrypted messaging software, such as WhatsApp, to read messages.
The manifesto has used terrorism as the scapegoat for the restrictions saying we will make sure there is no “safe space for terrorists to be able to communicate online”.
May is also targeting social media sites and search engines such as google, grabbing for power which would allow the government to control what is and isn’t published.
The document has even targeted freedom of speech stating they will stop search engines directing users to websites that promote hate speech “We will put a responsibility on industry not to direct users – even unintentionally – to hate speech, pornography, or other sources of harm,” and continued “In harnessing the digital revolution, we must take steps to protect the vulnerable and give people confidence to use the internet without fear of abuse, criminality or exposure to horrific content”
They have committed to censor information of a specific narrative with May saying she will “take steps to protect the reliability and objectivity of information that is essential to our democracy”
With a commitment to enforce strict and strong punishments to companies which do not comply- “We will introduce a sanctions regime to ensure compliance, giving regulators the ability to fine or prosecute those companies that fail in their legal duties, and to order the removal of content where it clearly breaches UK law,”
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