Tories vow to give young social media users power to erase past

Tories vow to give young social media users power to erase past

The Conservatives say they want to give people the power to wipe out all content they posted on the internet before the age of 18.

The party has promised to introduce "new digital and entitlements and protections against internet harms" if they win the general election.

They want to work with social media firms such as Facebook and Twitter to introduce online safeguards.

But they say they would fine companies that fail to take action.

At present, users can choose the "nuclear" option and delete their whole profile if they want to get rid of potentially embarrassing content. But this would mean they would risk losing all their online friend connections.


The Conservatives want the industry to find technical changes that will protect minors from images of pornography, violence and other age inappropriate content on social media, app stores and content sites.

Companies will also be required not to direct users "unintentionally" to hate speech and other sources of harm.

YouTube and its owner Google recently came under pressure after it was discovered adverts were running on videos depicting extremist content.

The government was one of a number of organisations and business to pull their adverts from YouTube.

The Tories said these entitlements and protections "will be backed up with a statutory sanctions regime" which will give regulators the ability to fine or prosecute those companies who fail in their legal duties, and to order the removal of content where it clearly breaches UK law.



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