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Social media platforms must balance free speech with user protection – PM Sunak’s spokesman

“We have been clear that regardless of the ownership of social media platforms must balance protecting their users while upholding free speech.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak during his visit to RAF Coningsby in Linconshire following the announcement that Britain will work to develop next-generation fighter jets with Italy and Japan, on December 9, 2022 in Lincoln, United Kingdom. Sunak is working on “new tough laws” to limit the impact of strikes, as Border Force staff prepared to join a wave of industrial action set to cause major travel disruption across the UK over Christmas. (Photo by Joe Giddens – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

By: Melvin Samuel

Social media platforms, regardless of who owns them, must balance the protection of their users with the preservation of free speech, a spokesman for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Friday when asked about the suspension of some journalists on Twitter.

Asked about the suspensions, the spokesman said: “We have been clear that regardless of the ownership of social media platforms must balance protecting their users while upholding free speech.

“That is why under the Online Safety Bill large platforms like Twitter will be prohibited from suspending or banning users where this does not breach their terms of service.”

(Reuters)

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