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The UK government is to start talks with social media providers about a code of conduct that will guide their response to online bullying. The code will issue social media companies with guidance on how to deal with online bullying, and is the first time that they will be subject to legislation on online bullying. It is one …

  1. frank ly Silver badge

    Get the popcorn

    "... the first time that they will be subject to legislation on online bullying."

    How does legislation work for social media providers who are not based in the UK? Who don't have any UK corporate presence? I realise that this is aimed at Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, who do have a corporate UK presence but it does seem to be legislation that could go wrong in the future.

    1. Voland's right hand Silver badge

      Re: Get the popcorn

      Same way as here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/06/27/telegram_warned_by_russian_regulator_roskomnadzor/

      Why do you think UK govt has been pushing SPs to implement blacklists for various "good causes" so much? It is first good causes, then compliance and at the end outright censorship.

      1. Alister Silver badge

        Re: Get the popcorn

        Same way as here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/06/27/telegram_warned_by_russian_regulator_roskomnadzor/

        Umm, but isn't that a Russian company, being warned by the Russian government?

        AFAIK the UK regulator, like the Russian regulator, has no binding power over companies based outside their respective countries.

        1. Voland's right hand Silver badge

          Re: Get the popcorn

          Umm, but isn't that a Russian company,

          No. German company. Telegram is registered in Germany and run out of there too.

          So, in fact, this is exactly what we will see one day (especially if Teresa continues to get things her way).

      2. Jason Bloomberg Silver badge
        Big Brother

        Re: Get the popcorn

        It is first good causes, then compliance and at the end outright censorship.

        That it could become very bad does not mean the solution must be to do nothing.

        I do understand the fear though. As a society we have collectively allowed those who work for us to become dictators of what we will do. We need to grow a pair and really Take Back Control.

        Don't blame the government though - it's in their DNA to behave as they do - blame the people, the society, which allows them to get away with it.

  2. Elmer Phud Silver badge
    WTF?

    Well, bully for them

    Is this the same HM.Gov that has just put on the gimp suit for the Paisley Party?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Mushroom

    NI

    OK lets try a real world scenario.

    The Orange order are organising a march through a catholic area via Facebook, promoting their "traditional values". The Catholics see this as an act of intimidation and bullying.

    Ms May. How do you stand on this with your newly bribed supporters?

  4. Chika
    FAIL

    Typical...

    "Now then, now then, just tell me all about it and I'll see what I can do."

    "Yes"

    "I see"

    "Well I'll just tell them that they have been a naughty tweeter and they mustn't do it again. Now blow your nose and be on your way and don't forget; my door is always open."

    >SLAM<

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    NO!

    Trolling is a time honoured internet tradition.

    #culturalAppropriation

    1. Meph
      Paris Hilton

      Re: NO!

      "Trolling is a time honoured internet tradition"

      The internet as we recognise it today is only in its late twenties, so I'm not totally sure that the word "tradition" is quite appropriate.

      1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge

        Re: NO!

        I'd say that 30 internet years are roundabout like 150 IRL years.

        Also, trolling existed long before the internet.

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