How to force social media platforms to clean up

Change safe harbour laws to hold tech giants accountable for toxic content

In the hours after the El Paso, Texas, shooting on Aug 3, Mr Fredrick Brennan, founder of online message board 8chan - the site that had hosted the racist manifestos of the men responsible for the El Paso; Christchurch, New Zealand; and Poway, California, shootings - called for the site to be shut down.

In an interview with The New York Times, he said: "It's a complete negative to everybody except the users who are there. And you know what? It's a negative to them too. They just don't realise it."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 12, 2019, with the headline 'How to force social media platforms to clean up'. Print Edition | Subscribe