Facebook and Twitter could be asked to pay a tax to help fund awareness campaigns on the abuse of the internet.
It is among the ideas suggested by the united KINGDOM government that it considers more secure internet strategy.
It was also proposed that platforms of social media reveal the magnitude of hate on the internet and the amount of content that is removed each year.
And he wants a code of practice to ensure that providers offer a security online.
The measures aim to answer the following questions:
under age access to pornography
The united KINGDOM, the Culture Secretary, Karen Bradley, said in the social media, companies have had to face up to their responsibilities.
“The internet has been an incredible force for good, but it has caused undeniable suffering, and can be especially harmful to children and vulnerable people,” she said.
“A behavior that is unacceptable in real life is unacceptable on a computer screen, and we need an approach to the internet that protects everyone, without restriction of the growth and innovation in the digital economy.
“Our ideas are ambitious – and rightly so. In collaboration, government, industry, parents and communities can protect the citizens in line, but only by working together.”
According to the government, nearly one-fifth of 12 to 15 years have seen something that they found disturbing or nasty, and nearly half of adults have seen something that has upset or offended on social media.
An annual transparency report could be used to show:
the volume of content posted to the companies and the proportion taken down
how user complaints are treated
categories of complaints, including under 18 years of age, women, the LGBT community or for religious reasons
information on how each site moderate content
The government has said that all the amendments to the act would be underpinned by the following principles:What is unacceptable offline should also be unacceptable onlineAll users should be empowered to manage the risks in line and stay safeTechnology companies have a responsibility to their users
He also wants to see a new body, similar to the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, to consider all aspects of security on the internet.
In response to the consultation, Facebook said: “Our priority is to make Facebook a safe place for people of all ages and that is why we spent a long time working with security experts such as the UK Safer Internet Centre, the development of powerful tools to help people have a positive experience.”
“We look forward to the close collaboration between industry, experts and the government to address this important issue.”
Vicki Shotbolt, ceo of the social enterprise Parent Zone, also welcomed the consultation.
“It is encouraging that the government is proposing concrete measures to ensure that the industry is doing everything they can to support families and make the internet a place that contributes to the development of the children,” she said.
A spokesman for the NSPCC, said keeping young people safe online was “the biggest child protection issue of our time”.
“Social media, the companies are marking their own homework when it comes to keeping children safe, therefore a code of practice is certainly a step in the right direction, but “how” it is implemented will be crucial.
“Young people face a range of risks during the use of the internet and it is important that any strategy recognises the challenges they face online and requires industry to act to protect them.”
Ask social media companies to contribute towards the costs of the education of the public about the dangers online has precedence in the gaming industry, which currently contributes an amount for the processing of game more.
The government also wants to see the online safety given more attention at school, and with social media, safety tips integrated in the curriculum.
The consultation will end on 7 December, and the government expects to respond at the beginning of 2018.