Julian Knight, the chairman of Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, warned that if online fake news was not tackled it could affect the take-up of an eventual coronavirus vaccine, causing “very great harm to society”.
Mr Knight said he wanted to see Ofcom named as the new online regulator and given powers to fine or even prosecute social media companies, as well as the resources to investigate the secretive algorithms tech companies use to determine what their users see.
His comments came as the culture committee released a report saying the
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TikTok is the popular mobile app of the moment, one often used by teenagers to make funny musical videos, while it’s also sometimes used to make political statements. But now, the U.S. Secretary of State is threatening to ban the app, which is owned by the Chinese company Bytedance, in the United States.
Appearing on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show on Monday night, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that such a ban is under consideration.
Following news that India has banned the app and Australia is considering following suit, Ingraham asked Pompeo, “shouldn’t we be considering, right now, tonight, a ban on Chinese social media apps, especially Tiktok?”
“We’re taking this very seriously, we’re certainly looking at it. We’ve worked on this very issue for a long time, whether it’s having Huawei technology in your infrastructure, we’re gone all over the world
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