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BBC Chief to Support Tighter Regulation of Social Media, Claim Personal Data as a Human Right and Not as Saleable Asset

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Naman Ramachandran BBC chair Richard Sharp is expected to back calls for tighter regulation of the world’s major social networks and platforms to crack down on disinformation and fake news.In a speech to the Royal Television Society convention on Wednesday, Sharp will say that there are “urgent questions” that need answering as “closed media environments” have allowed conspiracy theories, lies and falsehoods to spread rapidly.“Where once these theories would bubble away in private echo chambers, COVID has created the perfect conditions for them to boil over into the mainstream – fed by algorithms that are great at recognising viral potential but not so good at spotting nonsense,” Sharp will say. “The pandemic and ‘infodemic’ that has.

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