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Ireland’s new online watchdog to tackle ‘scourge’ of abuse from anonymous social media accounts, minister claims

Minister Catherine Martin has announced that IRELAND’s new online watchdog may be required to tackle the “scourge” of anonymous social media accounts.

The Cabinet today signed the Communications and Online Safety Regulation Bill, which would establish a new Communications Commission in Ireland with 300 staff for police radio, television and online platforms .

The Minister for Tourism, Culture and the Arts, Catherine Martin said the new Communications Commission will have "real teeth" to deal with harmful content online

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Tourism, Culture and Arts Minister Catherine Martin says the new Communications Commission will have “real teeth” to deal with harmful content onlineCredit: PA: Press Association
Online companies like Facebook based in Ireland will have to comply with the new set of safety codes

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Online companies like Facebook based in Ireland will have to comply with the new set of safety codesCredit: Alamy

Minister Martin said the Commission would have “real teeth” to tackle issues such as harmful content online including the ability to take individual executives in social media companies to court.

The new State agency will include an Online Safety Commissioner who will be responsible for forcing platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to clean up their behavior by complying with online safety rules. new.

These codes will be drafted by the Online Safety Commissioner and will outline how a company is expected to deal with harmful content on their platforms include criminal material, severe cyberbullying, material promoting self-harm, suicide, or eating disorders.

If a company fails to comply with the Commissioner’s request, the social media company could be fined €20 million or 10% of the company’s annual revenue.

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If the company still fails to take action to remove harmful content, the Commissioner can hold individual executives at a company criminally responsible, and could even go as far as to ban it outright. foundation from Ireland.

The Communications Commission also has the power to investigate companies including audits, issue search warrants, and interrogate swearers.

Minister Martin wants new legislation to pass the Dail before summer with the aim of creating this new Communications Commission as soon as possible.

‘DIFFERENT ACCOUNT’

TD Greens says the Commission’s role could change over time as she claims she wants to see the Commission tackle the “scourge” of anonymous online accounts used to abuse people. people.

“As someone politically involved those anonymous accounts, as any journalist will know by virtue of your profession, are an absolute disaster,” she said.

“I foresee, envisage that this is something the Communications Commission will seek to address and address on those platforms.”

The Oireachtas Commission recommended that the Communications Commission include an individual complaints mechanism that would allow people to file complaints with the Online Safety Commission about a social media platform.

Minister Martin said there were complications around the individual complaints mechanism that posed challenges but could be addressed through an amendment at the Commission stage.

‘ALL FACES ON US’

TD Green Party has set up an expert advisory group to look into the matter and report back to her within 90 days.

Ireland’s current Broadcasting Authority will be dissolved by law and its role will be assumed by the New Communications Commission.

A €5.5 million fund was set up to help the Communications Commission establish and operate alongside the group, which was then financed by industry taxes.

As many social media companies have their headquarters in Ireland such as Facebook and Twitter, Ireland is responsible for managing these platforms for the whole of Europe.

Minister Martin said “all eyes are on us” when it comes to regulating online services as European countries wait to see how the new law works.

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