Ireland to get social media watchdog

The Irish government is finalizing plans to create an independent watchdog authority responsible for keeping social media platforms accountable for online abuse.

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten will meet with ministerial colleagues next week to discuss the establishment of a new watchdog to monitor social media like Facebook and Twitter in their efforts to remove abusive content, bullying and harassment, the Irish Independent reported Tuesday.

The watchdog would be called the “Digital Safety Commissioner” and would produce a code of conduct for platforms to remove abusive content.

The minister proposing the plan suffered from online abuse by internet trolls when he had a bicycle accident early January, the paper reported.

The European Commission is considering drafting guidelines for internet platforms on how best to flag and remove abusive or illegal content. The measures, which likely won’t be legally binding, could be released as soon as this spring.




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