Facebook could face fines of more than $2bn for gross breaches of laws being proposed by campaigners aimed at stopping harm to children online.
The child protection charity NSPCC has urged ministers to criminalise social media companies who fail to protect children from exposure to material including images of child abuse and which allow grooming. It also wants a new statutory regulator to tackle the availability of images of self-harm, including suicide.
The calls are being backed by Ruth Moss, whose daughter Sophie killed herself in 2014, aged 13, having viewed images of suicide and self-harm on social networks including Facebook and Instagram.
At the launch of the proposed regulatory regime Moss described how she was devastated by her daughter’s suicide and demonstrated how, more than four years after she died, it still takes just seconds to find images on Facebook of people who have taken their own…