Ways to make peer-sharing on social media safer

Using insights from the concept of negative externalities, get platform owners to set nudges or quotas before a person can share content. Such small changes can influence social media behaviour and create a safer environment for all.

Governments around the globe have been strengthening laws to protect consumer data. Singapore introduced the Personal Data Protection Act in 2013.

Last month, the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation came into force. This statute grants consumers substantive rights to access, transport and erase their data held by organisations. Failure to comply can result in fines of up to €20 million (S$32 million) or 4 per cent of an organisation's annual turnover, whichever is higher.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 26, 2018, with the headline 'Ways to make peer-sharing on social media safer'. Subscribe