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U.K. Government threatens social media CEOs with jail 



A new social media bill is currently being developed by legislators in in the UK, that could send the CEOs of social media sites and large digital firms to jail, if they fail to protect minors from harmful content on their platforms. 

The U.K.’s Online Safety Bill aims to prevent its social media users – especially children – from being exposed to violent and sexual content online, content including but not limited to sexual abuse and revenge porn. 

Political commentators predict the Online Safety Bill will be approved soon, and will result in digital platforms such as Meta, TikTok, Twitter and Google being liable for fines and/or other legal action if violent and sexual content is not removed from its platforms, particularly when content of this nature is already prohibited within the platform’s existing terms and conditions and community standards. 

Tech companies have pushed back on the proposed Bill stating that it will be impossible to enforce and have urged UK legislators to loosen its requirements so that it can be successfully adhered to. 

However, UK legislators have not agreed with this notion.

Instead, the Bill is expected to make it to the House of Lords this coming February and become law be the end of 2023, meaning that CEOs of social media and other digital platforms will become liable if harmful content is not removed from its platforms, possibly resulting in a prison sentence. 

Previous governments, such as the Australian Federal Government, have attempted to impose hefty fines on digital giants such as Meta, but to no avail.

It will be interesting to see whether the threat of jail time will force tech heavyweights to expedite their research, development and processes to clean up their platforms and protect children from harmful content more rapidly than has been the case thus far.  

Dr Karen Sutherland is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast where she designs and delivers social media education and research. Dr Sutherland is also the Co-Founder and Social Media Specialist at Dharana Digital marketing agency focused on helping people working in the health and wellness space.

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Deepfakes are taking over Hollywood



Deepfakes are the online phenomenon changing the way in which we consume and trust social media

Have you ever scrolled through social media and found a celebrity selling something a bit left of centre?

Chances are you have fallen victim to a deepfake.

These images and videos are a type of artificial intelligence, which promises to create doctored videos, which are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing.

They have typically been used in pornographic clips and for celebrity endorsements.

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Prince Harry involved in ‘near catastrophic’ car chase



Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death

Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers in New York.

The incident took place after they left the Ms. Foundation for Women, where Meghan was honoured for her work.

“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers,” said Prince Harry’s spokesperson.

The chase involved paparazzi driving on the sidewalk, running red lights and driving while taking pictures.

“I thought that was a bit reckless and irresponsible,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said.

Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death.

Princess Diana was killed when her limousine crashed as it sped away from chasing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.

Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, partly over what they described as intense media harassment.

Harry is currently involved in numerous court cases in London where he has accused papers of using unlawful methods to target him and his family.

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Tom Hanks open to continuing career with A.I. help



Despite the crackdown on A.I., one famous actor has raised the prospect of his career continuing after his death by using the technology

‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Cast Away’ actor Tom Hanks says new tech could be used to recreate his image to appear in movies “from now until kingdom come”.

Hanks was asked about the legal ramifications of A.I. on a recent podcast with Adam Buxton.

He says talks are being held in the film industry about how to protect actors from the effects of the technology.

Hanks told the host: “I could be hit by a bus tomorrow and that’s it, but performances can go on and on and on and on.”

The award-winning actor acknowledged that tech developments could lead to an AI-generated version of himself appearing in films he may not not normally choose.

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