Meta seeks government protection from Rees-Moggs EU law bonfire
Facebook and Instagram have asked for government protection from Jacob Rees-Moggs bonfire of up to 4,000 EU laws on post-Brexit statute books.
In a letter to a parliamentary committee to be published on Friday, the parent group, Meta, asks that laws underpinning social media firms are either explicitly maintained elsewhere or removed from the scope of the retained EU law (revocation and reform) bill.
If they are not, groups like Facebook would be less likely to operate in the UK, wrote Richard Earley, the UK public policy manager at Meta.
The Labour MP Stella Creasy said the bill could force social media companies out of the UK by accident.
Many of us want social media companies held to account for how their platforms are used. Closing them down by default is not the way to do that but Meta themselves say its possible because of the governments REUL bill, she tweeted.
Representatives of private and public interest groups were invited to contribute to a consultation on the bill earlier in November with criticism flooding in from organisations ranging from the Institute of Directors, trade unions including Unison, the TUC, and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), an organisation dedicated to consumer health and safety protections.
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