Plans to compel social media platforms to tackle online harms are not fit for purpose according to a new poll of IT experts.
Only 14% of tech professionals believed the Online Harms Bill was fit for purpose, according to the
survey by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
Some 46% said the bill was not workable, with the rest unsure.
The legislation would have a negative effect on freedom of speech, most IT specialists (58%)
Only 19% felt the measures proposed would make the internet safer, with 51% saying the law would not make it safer to be online.
There were nearly 1,300 responses from tech professionals to the
survey by BCS.
Just 9% of IT specialists polled said they were confident that legal but harmful content could be effectively and proportionately removed.
Some 74% of tech specialists said they felt the bill
would do nothing to stop the spread of disinformation and fake news.