Britain's Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright arrives in Downing street, London for a cabinet meeting on April 2, 2019. AFP / Adrian DENNIS
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Britain proposed new online safety laws Monday that would slap penalties on social media companies and technology firms if they fail to protect users from harmful content.In the most serious cases companies could also be banned from operating in Britain if they do not reasonably do everything to eradicate harmful content.Media Secretary Jeremy Wright said the proposed legislation -- the toughest in the world -- would apply to any company that allowed users to share or discover content or interact online, such as social media sites, discussion forums, messaging services and search engines.Governments globally are wrestling over how to better control content on social media platforms, often blamed for encouraging abuse, the spread of online pornography and for influencing or manipulating voters.
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