The UK government has published the draft legislation of its the Online Safety Bill in a bid to clamp down on abuse online.

It aims to tackle many digital issues including online scams generated by social media users, such as romance fraud “which have seen people manipulated into sending money to fake identities on dating apps”, the government said.

But fraud via advertising, emails or cloned websites will not be included in the bill, as the UK government said it does not fall under “user-generated content”.

The bill will also make tech firms responsible and accountable for the “user-generated” harm happening on social media. This includes verbal abuse and illegal content, and senior managers will be legally responsible for the enforcement or face criminal charges.

Home secretary Priti Patel said: “Ruthless criminals who defraud millions of people and sick individuals who exploit the most vulnerable in our society cannot be allowed to…

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