The Online Safety Bill: What You Need to Know

As we all know, the internet can be a dangerous place. There are all sorts of people out there who are looking to take advantage of others, and children are especially vulnerable. That’s why the UK government has proposed the Online Safety Bill.

The bill’s aims are to:

  • prevent the spread of illegal content and activity such as images of child abuse, terrorist material and hate crimes, including racist abuse
  • protect children from harmful material
  • protect adults from legal – but harmful – content

The new legislation would largely hold tech giants, such as Meta – which was formerly Facebook – and Google, accountable for meeting its aims. Furthermore, it gives Ofcom the authority to regulate whether they are doing an adequate job. Companies that don’t adhere to the rules could face penalties of up £18 million or 10% of their annual global income- whichever is greater.

Some people have criticized the Online Safety Bill, saying that it’s an infringement on our privacy. However, we believe that the benefits of this bill far outweigh the risks. The fact is, there are all sorts of dangers out there on the internet, and we need to do everything we can to protect our children from them. This bill is a step in the right direction, and we hope that other countries will follow suit.

At YEO Messaging, we use end-to-end encryption on all our messages, however we have ensured to put as many measures in place to enforce user safety at all times. We do this by authenticating all our users by asking for a profile photo that matches the biometric data enrolled. We also do not use an open directory of users, like many of the tech giants, therefore you must connect and choose who you have in your contact list.

We believe that online safety is important for everyone, and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure that our users are safe. If you have any questions about the Online Safety Bill, or about our commitment to online safety, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re always happy to chat!

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