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Social Media Must Be Regulated, UK Minister Says, After Trump’s Twitter Ban

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Social Media Must Be Regulated, UK Minister Says, After Trump’s Twitter Ban

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Democratically elected governments must play a role in regulating social media, a UK minister said on Monday in the wake of Twitter’s removing of U.S. President Donald Trump’s account, and ahead of the introduction of a new UK bill to regulate online space. In an op-ed published in The Times of London on Monday, Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Secretary Oliver Dowden said that democratic societies have to seek a balance between protecting vulnerable people from harm and protecting free speech, and “find ways to impose consistency, transparency, and fairness in the online sphere.” Dowden said that the past decade has been largely defined by the power of social media, whose “unprecedented ability to spread ideas and bring people together” catalysed the Arab Spring 11 years ago and may have played a role in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. “Put simply, we have a new printing press—but it’s an …

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