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The UK’s lead officer for child protection has called for a boycott of social media sites in order to force them into safeguarding children better online. Stating that companies would take notice of “reputational damage”, Chief Constable Simon Bailey said he thought that the big technology platforms weren’t “taking their responsibilities seriously enough” and that whilst he supported the government’s online harms White Paper, fines alone wouldn’t work. The Internet Association, who represent tech firms, responded with highlighting a number of initiatives that companies have implemented to remove abusive content, including investment in technology, content moderators and online education.

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