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The UK government’s Online Harms Bill aims to regulate online platforms and make the internet a safer place for users, particularly children. The bill covers a wide range of online harms, including cyberbullying, child sexual exploitation, and terrorist propaganda. Online organisations need to be aware of the bill and take steps to comply with the regulations. Here are some ways that online organisations can comply with the UK Online Harms Bill:

1: Develop and implement a robust content moderation policy

Online organisations should develop and implement a content moderation policy that outlines how harmful content will be identified and removed from their platforms. This policy should also include procedures for handling user complaints about harmful content.

2: Establish clear reporting channels

Online organisations should establish clear reporting channels for users to report harmful content. This could include a dedicated reporting form or an email address for users to contact.

3: Appoint a dedicated compliance officer

Online organisations should appoint a dedicated compliance officer to ensure they meet their obligations under the Online Harms Bill. The compliance officer should be responsible for monitoring the platform for harmful content, responding to user complaints, and reporting to the regulator.

4: Implement age verification measures

The Online Harms Bill requires online platforms to implement age verification measures to prevent children from accessing harmful content. Online organisations should consider implementing age verification measures such as requiring users to provide proof of age or using age verification technology.

5: Train staff on the regulations

Online organisations should provide training to staff on the regulations and their obligations under the Online Harms Bill. Staff should be trained on how to identify and remove harmful content, handle user complaints, and report to the regulator.

6: Conduct regular reviews and updates

Online organisations should conduct regular reviews and updates of their content moderation policies and procedures to ensure they remain practical and current with the latest legal and regulatory requirements.

In conclusion, complying with the UK Online Harms Bill is essential for online organisations to protect their users from harmful content and to avoid fines and other penalties. By developing and implementing a robust content moderation policy, establishing clear reporting channels, appointing a dedicated compliance officer, implementing age verification measures, training staff, and conducting regular reviews and updates, online organisations can ensure that they are meeting their obligations under the bill.

Formiti Data International UK global privacy experts can guide your organisation through this complex law to ensure compliance.