Social media sites to be charged with protecting children's "moral development"

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YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram are in Ofcom's crosshairs as they face a new crackdown on sites hosting harmful content.

As the Telegraph reports, the regulator will be given new powers to fine platforms that are found to have not installed sufficient measures to protect children from unsuitable content.

These include parental controls and the long-trailed and much-criticised proposed age verification checks.

The sites must use these techniques to ensure children do not see content that "impairs their physical, mental, or moral development."

Platforms that fail in these duties could be fined as much as 5% of their turnover by the newly-empowered regulator.

According to the Telegraph the proposals have been quietly green-lit by the government just before Parliament breaks for summer recess.

They also come ahead of a white paper detailing the government's plans to introduce new responsibilities for all social media companies, constituting a statutory duty of care.

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