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UK could jail social media bosses who breach child safety rules

No 10 considering amendment to online safety bill that would give Ofcom power to prosecute executives

Downing Street has said it is considering a Tory-backed amendment to the online safety bill that would allow for the imposing of jail sentences on social media bosses who are found not to have protected children’s safety.

No 10 said on Thursday it was open to the proposal, which is backed by at least 36 Conservative MPs including heavyweights such as the former home secretary Priti Patel and the former work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

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