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The UK government is proposing new changes to a landmark online safety bill which would require social media giants to shield internet users and state-sponsored disinformation that threatens the country’s society and democracy. According to The Guardian, the legislation would call on social media platforms, video streaming services and search engines to tackle state-backed disinformation aimed at the interfering UK. For instance, amid the Russia-Ukraine war, such content would involve Moscow-based hoaxers and cyberattackers.
Since the beginning of the war in late February, the Western nations including the UK have flagged cyberattacks launched by hackers based in Russia and warned people against the Soviet Republic’s propaganda strategy. Just earlier this year, a video was published of UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace being prank-called by a Russian hoaxer who was pretending to be the Ukrainian Prime Minister. Now, British Digital Secretary Nadine Dorries said on Monday that the Ukraine invasion had underscored Russia’s readiness to use social media to spread lies and disinformation, as per the report.
“We cannot allow foreign states or their puppets to use the internet to conduct hostile online warfare unimpeded,” she said. “That’s why we are strengthening our new internet safety protections to make sure social media firms identify and root out state-backed disinformation.”