Theresa May has announced her plan to introduce massive internet regulations, granting the government power to decide what is said online.
The plan was included in the end of the Conservative manifesto released yesterday, which indicated a clear aim to change the way the internet works.
“Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet,” the manifesto states. “We disagree.”
Senior Tories confirmed to Buzzfeed News that their intention is to introduce restrictions on what people are able to post, share, and publish online.
The manifesto claims that the proposed plan will make Britain “the global leader in the regulation of the use of personal data and the internet”.
The Investigatory Powers Act has only recently come into law – a legislation allowing the government to force internet companies to keep records on their customers’ browsing histories, as well as giving ministers the power to break apps like WhatsApp so that messages can be read.
The manifesto says that the government will continue to work hard on ensuring terrorists are unable to safely communicate online.
In addition, the government has also set out to launch another radical act, changing the way social networks and internet companies work.
The manifesto suggests, pornographic and other websites will be harder to access. The government will set restrictions on viewing adult content and any exceptions would have to be justified to ministers. The government will try to stop search engines such as Google from directing to people to such websites.
The laws would also force technology companies to delete anything a person posted before they were the age of 18.