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Social media companies will be overseen by independent regulator, pledges government

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 24 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2339
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The government has pledged to develop a regulatory framework to make clear the responsibilities that social media companies have to their users.1

It said that the framework would establish a duty of care towards all UK users and would be overseen by a new independent regulator with statutory powers.

It made the pledge in response to a report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on the impact of social media on young people’s health, published in January.2 This called for a regulator to be appointed by the …

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