Britain’s House of Lords has tabled amendments to the Online Safety Bill that would target algorithms on social media that lead young people to harmful and hateful content, as well as the small rewards that promote doomsday scenarios.
The government tried to challenge these amendments, believing they would delay the other changes proposed in the bill, but lost the vote to do so. Baroness Kidron argued that the bill in its current state did not address the harm caused by social media as a service, only certain harmful messages.
Now algorithms that push people to harmful content would be criticized and changed, with Kidron noting andrew Tate and how young men and boys are pushed to his type of content. “To push hundreds of thousands of children to Andrew Tate for no other reason than to profit commercially from the network effect is a travesty to children and it undermines parents,” Kidron said. Kidron said.
There are concerns that the Online Safety Bill is trying to do too much, and that although algorithms need to be regulated, it may not be possible to do it with this one bill.
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