UK Amendment Puts Onus on Big Tech to Tackle Online Child Abuse

The UK will compel technology companies to find ways to identify and remove child abuse images from their platforms in an amendment to the Online Safety Bill.

The amendment puts the onus on companies to source or develop methods to comply with regulator Ofcom’s orders or face fines of as much as £18 million ($21.5 million), or 10% of their global annual sales, whichever is higher, the Home Office said. An earlier version of the bill would have only allowed Ofcom to require companies to use existing technology to identify exploitation images.