The Online Safety Bill has added to the UK’s regulatory burden


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Matthew Lesh writes for The Times

Matthew Lesh, IEA Head of Public Policy, has written for The Times on the impact that the Online Safety Bill will have on the UK business and investment and free expression.

Matthew argues that the Bill, which will force online platforms to undertake onerous risk assessments to filter harmful content, runs the risk of encouraging overseas firms to block UK users accessing their content.

“The Online Safety Bill is an unmanage-able wishlist of regulatory ideas. It is far from a serious, evidence-based effort to get to grips with the issues posed by the digital platforms. It sends the wrong message about the direction of state regulation. There is little point replacing control by Eurocrats with more powerful Whitehall mandarins.”

Matthew, alongside Victoria Hewson, has recently authored a briefing paper on the Online Safety Bill which can be read here.

Read the full article here.



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