Tories Want to Let People Destroy Embarrassing Social Media Posts When They Turn 18

By Tom Pritchard on at

Some of you will have grown up before the rise of the internet and the trend of public ally sharing every minute details of your lives. Kids these days don't have that option, and stupid things they say as teenagers could easily come back to haunt them. The Conservative Party wants to give them a way out, if they want it.

Theresa May has announced that should the Tories win the impending general election it will give people the option of destroying any social media posts they made before their 18th birthday. The party also wants to make sure people have more access to the data internet companies have stored on them, and fine companies who fail to protect user data effectively.

Onan unrelated not, the Conservatives revealed that they want to make it easier to conduct business online, by introducing the right for people to insist on a digital signature rather than being forced to sign things by hand. About bloody time, if you ask me.

According to BBC News, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has had "early talks" with Facebook and Twitter, with the party hoping to punish companies for not actively monitoring or removing illegal content or or "direct users unintentionally to hate speech, pornography or other sources of harm."

It's a surprisingly forward-thinking policy from a party that has shown its ignorance about technology time and time again (remember how they keep threatening to ban encryption?). That hasn't stopped the Labour party from condemning the announcement, though, claiming that they pushed the government to introduce tougher penalties in the Digital Economy Act. The Home Office reportedly refused to include such legislation, insisting that a voluntary system would be more effective.

While the Tories admit that content posted or shared by other people is a problem that needs to be addressed, making it easier to delete social media posts isn't a bad thing. Though it doesn't stop the issue of people posting stupid shit after they turn 18. If they end up regretting that, they're going to have to delete things the old fashioned way. [BBC News via Engadget]

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