How Brexit could keep porn online

The UK government may give powers to regulator Ofcom that would enable it to punish tech firms like YouTube and Facebook if they do not promptly take down harmful content.

Ofcom would able to impose fines of up to 5% of firms’ annual revenue if it finds they have failed to prevent young people from seeing pornography, violence and other harmful material.

However, this may fall by wayside if the UK government manages to pull off Brexit as the measure would come in via the implementation of the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive, something that would not necessarily happen should Britain leave the EU.

But Ofcom is keen to go ahead with the initiative.

"These new rules are an important first step in regulating video-sharing online, and we'll work closely with the government to implement them," a spokeswoman told the BBC.

"We also support plans to go further and legislate for a wider set of protections, including a duty of care for online companies towards their users."

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