Meta and Microsoft are unable to control their metaverses, U.K. regulator alert

Meta and Microsoft are unable to control their metaverses UK regulator alert

November 01, 2022: -The U.K. media controller Ofcom boss cautioned that “metaverse” forays from tech giants such as Meta and Microsoft would be subjected to incoming rules which cause media to protect users from online harm.

Speaking at an event in London hosted by the policy consulting group Global Counsel, Ofcom Chief Executive Melanie Dawes stated self-regulation of the metaverse, a speculative digital world touted by Meta and others, would not fly beneath U.K. online safety laws.

“I’m not sure I see that ‘self-regulatory phase,’ to be honest, exiting from a U.K. perspective,” Dawes added. “If you’ve got young people in an environment where there’s user rendering content according to the scope of the bill, then that intention be caught by the Online Safety Bill.”

The Online Safety Bill is an area of ruling that seeks to curb harmful content from being shared on the internet. The rules would impose a duty of care that needs them to have rich and proportionate measures to sell dangerous materials such as vaccine disinformation or posts encouraging self-harm.

Violations of the law, once it is approved, could lead to fines of nearly 10% of annual global revenues. Senior tech executives may confront criminal liability for more extreme breaches down the track.

The bill is primarily concerned with safeguarding children, having been developed in response to the end of Molly Russell, a U.K. teen. She took her own life after being shown suicide-related posts on Instagram. In September, a coroner investigating Russell’s death made the landmark decision that sociable media’s “adverse effects” donated to her death.

Dawes clarified that the metaverse would not be legally immune to the new rules. The U.K. is “in good stead” to control the metaverse, she said, adding the size of the Online Safety Bill is wide to accommodate platforms and firms that recreate a role in the metaverse. “We can pull it off.”

Dawes said it is easy for “horrific” illegal activities to have a more significant impact via the internet. She cited the May 2022 live streaming of the Buffalo, New York shootings on Twitch. In a recent report, Ofcom recommended media take measures to limit access to live creeks, including age-proof.

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