Amending Online Liability Not the Answer to Solve Online Content Concerns

Responding to the Prime Minister's comments in her Davos speech on online intermediary liability, techUK Deputy CEO, Antony Walker, said:

“There is much the tech sector will agree with in the Prime Minister’s speech. She rightly put the tech sector at the heart of the global economy and set out Britain’s store as a potential world leader in AI and future innovation. The Prime Minister is also absolutely right that we have to ensure that the internet is a safe space for all. Tech companies recognise their role and are working tirelessly to ensure that illegal and harmful content has no place on their platforms.

“However, amending the fundamental principles of the internet, including limitations to liability, isn’t the answer. Intermediary liability has been a founding principle of regulation that has underpinned the development of e-commerce and services that consumers depend upon every day. We must not lose sight of the twin objectives of having the world’s safest and most successful digital economy.”

See also techUK's CEO overall response to the Prime Minister's speech in Davos and Deputy CEO's response to the Prime Minister's comments on AI and ethics.  

 

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