Regulator Ofcom in the UK has published the first guidelines for websites on how to comply with the law. This applies to social media, search engines, online and mobile games, and sites.

They must regulate illegal content, such as sexual material, child abuse, terrorist content, and fraud. The UK Parliament will implement these guidelines next year.

Ofcom estimates that around 100,000 services could be subject to the new rules. They are recommended, among other things, to prohibit strangers from texting children, remove sexually abusive content, and allow users to report harmful content. Users should also be able to easily block accounts.

The regulator proposes to prohibit information about suicide, stalking, sexual slavery, drug and firearms for search services. Instead, search engines should provide information on crisis prevention when users enter such malicious queries.

Ofcom will introduce a system of fines for non-compliance.

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