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U.K. Seeks Penalties for Tech Giants to Stop Cyber Bullying

  • Culture Secretary says he will legislate to enforce rules
  • Facebook, Google and others may no longer police themselves
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The U.K. government will set laws to stop cyber bullying among children, which may include multimillion dollar fines for social media companies like Facebook Inc. if they flout new statutory codes of conduct.

“I don’t want the trolls to win,” Culture Secretary Matt Hancock told ITV after his department published further details of an Internet Safety Strategy on Sunday. The government could have the power to impose penalties of 4 percent of a company’s global revenue if they break the rules, he said.