Online safety bill set to prevent thousands of frauds


The new online safety bill, currently being pushed through Parliament by Culture Secretary Nadine Dorris, is set to ensure that social media organisations treat fraud as a ‘priority harm’.

The bill outlines that companies will have to take more steps to prevent criminals from using their platforms for fraud related offences – as opposed to only responding in a reactive capacity.

In addition, it is anticipated that a new legal duty will be imposed on the major social media services and search engines to help put a stop to paid-for fraudulent adverts appearing on their platforms.

James Thompson, Chairman of the City of London Police, said the Online Safety Bill will have a “significant impact on the growing number of scams targeting people on their mobile phones, computers and other devices”.

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