UK MPs tell internet firms to police ‘dark side’ of web

The internet industry must take more responsibility for protecting young people from the “dark side” of digital content relating to abuse, violence and suicide, according to a committee of MPs.The investigation recommended the establishment of a self-regulatory body to create better online safeguards to protect children from being exposed to unsuitable material. The body would police websites, adjudicate on complaints and could help crack down on piracy and illegal file-sharing in Britain.The culture, media and sport committee report, on harmful content on the internet and video games, said that leaving individual companies to introduce their own measures to protect users had resulted in an “unsatisfactory piecemeal approach which lacks consistency and transparency”. Government consults on web video regulation
The Government has published plans on how it might regulate the video on demand industry. It has also said that it is reluctant to relax rules on product placement on television.Since the Communications Act of 2003 no body has had responsibility for regulating the content of non-BBC on-demand television services. The BBC Trust regulates that which is produced by the BBC.

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