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GDN Reader's View: Online threats


THE letter ‘Tech warning!’ (GDN, August 30), really hit home and I would like to thank Barry for his excellent points. We really do live in a world of new, emerging threats and we must be vigilant. This is especially true when it comes to technology in the hands of children. A recent report in the UK found one child in every primary school classroom, on average, has been sent a naked or semi-naked picture by an adult. These are not sent in the post. The images flit from screen to screen at the speed of light but leave emotional scars that can last a lifetime.

The social media platforms that dominate the Internet bring people together but also drive them apart and to distraction. They propagate hate, bullying, child pornography and fake news. They put traffickers in touch with customers and terrorists in touch with new recruits.

That is why we need more regulation of the Internet and social media platforms, which are barely regulated at all.

We need concrete plans to set up a new social media regulator in Bahrain.

There is no true liberty in anarchy, which is why police forces maintain law and order in public spaces in the real world. Facebook, Google, Twitter and Snapchat have created an online world where governments are still working out how to enforce laws, but that does not remove publishers’ duty to obey them.

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