UK proposes to strengthen internet laws to fight Russian disinformation.

The UK is planning to enhance internet laws to combat Russian disinformation. Social media companies could face fines if they do not proactively address misinformation from foreign states like Russia under the proposed legislation.

The United Kingdom proposes a new law to combat Russian disinformation. The new regulations aim to require social media companies to proactively tackle disinformation posted by foreign states such as Russia. The bill is likely to be passed through an amendment to link the National Security Bill and Online Safety Bill. Communications regulator Ofcom will draft codes of practice to assist social media companies to comply with the law and it will also be the agency with the power to issue fines in case of infringement.