Make social media companies criminally responsible for their content.

Make social media companies criminally responsible for their content.

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Joseph Graham started this petition to UK Parliament

A 16 year-old girl in Malaysia posted a poll on Instagram asking whether she should kill herself and, after 69% of people said yes, she did. This is only one story of a person taking their own life after finding harmful material on social media (e.g. Molly Russell) or being encouraged to kill themselves. And yet, despite this, as well as numerous cases of stalking, hate speech, homophobia, threats and more, social media companies still do nothing to try and tackle these problems. I believe that the only way to force them into taking action is to legislate. 

It is for these reasons that I am calling for the government to hold social media companies criminally responsible for the content they allow up on their sites.  

 

Additional information: 

Here are a couple of news stories for more information: 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-48279410 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/15/teenage-girl-kills-herself-after-instagram-poll-in-malaysia 

 

I believe that one solution for companies would be to use modified versions of the Content ID system on YouTube: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Content_ID_(algorithm) 

https://www.adweek.com/digital/youtube-make-money-off-your-videos/ 

Alternatively social media companies could employ people to check every post before it goes up, this would be costly but social media companies earn billions of pounds every year so they can definitely afford it. 

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