Protecting under-18s from harmful online content

Marianna Spring looks at how Ofcom wants to protect under-18 from harmful content on social media.

The UK’s media regulator has published draft codes of practice which require tech firms to have more robust age-checking measures, and to reformulate their algorithms to steer children away from what it called “toxic” material.

In statements, Meta and Snapchat said they had extra protections for under-18s, and offered parental tools to control what children can see on their platforms.


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