NSPCC boss says tech giants should be held criminally responsible for sick online content


A CHARITY boss wants tech giants to be held criminally responsible for sick online content.

NSPCC chief Peter Wanless fears that PM Boris Johnsons crackdown does not go far enough.

NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless warned that fines are not enough and directors should be put in the dock if they breach the tough new rules

Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan is expected to unveil plans today to create a new legal duty of care for social media giants such as Facebook, Snapchat and Google.

They will be regulated by media watchdog Ofcom, which could fine them if they flout the tough code of conduct.

But Mr Wanless said directors should be put in the dock. He said: Tech giants will only act decisively to stop groomers abusing children on sites like Facebook if the penalties for failure are game-changing.

Thats why an online watchdog must be able to hit directors with criminal sanctions as well as hefty fines if they continue to put our kids at risk of harm.

Under the Ofcom code, tech giants will have to show they are doing everything possible to quickly take down terrorist and child sexual abuse images.

No10 is also considering plans to kick people who upload vile content online off the internet by blocking their computers ISP.

The call for stricter internet regulation follows the suicide of Molly Russell, 14. She died in 2017 after viewing self-harm images on Instagram.

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