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UK: Google and Facebook should be regulated for news content says report

 |  February 12, 2019

Online platforms including Google, Facebook, and Apple should be regulated in how they distribute news content, according to a new UK government report.

The report, published Tuesday, February 12, stated a state regulator should ensure tech firms are taking steps to help users identify trustworthy, reliable news on their platforms, reported CNBC. It stated the regulator would require companies like Facebook and Google to build on initiatives they have already established to weed out fake content.

“This task is too important to leave entirely to the judgment of commercial entities,” the report read.

Online sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been under fire for allowing fake content to spread on their platforms. The companies have been investing in security measures to eliminate false accounts and misinformation, but the UK government report claimed these efforts should be enforced by a government agency.

“The experience of the last decade has shown that it is perfectly possible for social media platforms to be immensely profitable while simultaneously carrying a large quantity of fake news,” it stated.

Full Content: CNBC & Gov UK

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