By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
In what goes to prove that the British really do have a sense of humour, it has been recommended that a government committee be set up to protect Internet users from nasty people online such as abusive bloggers. Hey you…..f**king read this OK? I’m putting a lot of damn work into this post!!
The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has just brought out their report on harmful content on the Internet and video games (start reading it and I guarantee you’ll fall asleep). One of the recommendations being put forward is that a government watchdog be set up to monitor and “police” the net against all the baddies roaming about cyberspace.
This “watchdog” would operate an online ‘code of practice’ and - here’s Joke Of The Month - order bloggers and social networking sites to take down offensive messages or photographs. As Shane Richmond says here, “good luck with that!”. You might get a responsible site such as Facebook complying with such an order, but try giving such an order to a blogger. He’ll laugh, flip the cyber-finger and put the written order on Reddit or Digg.