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JaipurPublished: Jan 25, 2023 at 11:04:11 pm

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is facing another backlash from members of his Conservative Party. These party MPs want to toughen up the law by introducing more stringent age-checking measures to prevent children from accessing adult websites.

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UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is facing another backlash from members of his Conservative Party. These party MPs want to toughen up the law by introducing more stringent age-checking measures to prevent children from accessing adult websites. A series of amendments being prepared to the long-standing ‘Online Safety Bill’ will include a provision that all pornographic websites will have to implement an age verification system within six months of it becoming law.
The new demands from MPs are believed to be part of a planned rebellion by Tory MPs that began earlier this month. Earlier, under pressure from party members, Sunak had to add to the bill that directors of Big Tech companies could be jailed for failing to remove harmful material. The bill’s journey to becoming law will begin with a debate in the House of Lords on Monday. The new amendments are likely to be debated in late February.
The Online Safety Bill was introduced by the Boris Johnson government in March 2021 and has changed repeatedly during debate in Parliament. Now a whole series of amendments have been added to this bill which has been under consideration for a long time.

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