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Joy Hyvarinen, head of advocacy at Index on Censorship, discusses the UK government’s online harms white paper with Jim Gamble, CEO INEQE Safeguarding Group on BBC Radio Foyle’s Breakfast Show.
Hyvarinen said: “If you have a legal duty of care and then combine that with the possibility of very large fines and personal criminal responsibility for senior managers, you get a very strong incentive for online platforms to take the easy way out, and just remove and restrict lots and lots of content. If in doubt, censor — take it down. And that’s going to affect millions of normal internet users. “