Online giants are ‘clear danger to civil society’ and effectively ‘govern’ our lives from abroad, ITV chairman suggests

“The online world, with all its benefits, now represents a clear and present danger to civil society. We are being influenced – and in some cases, you could say, even governed – by people who are not in this country, many of them beginning life as engineers, and engineers are very fine folk but they do not not necessarily think about the ethics of society,” Sir Peter said.

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  • Watchman

    Unfortunately many politician would agree that the online giants do hold too much power and thus will demand that the government take that power itself on behalf of the ‘people’ and control the Internet and social media. Once entrenched in legislation good luck ever getting it devolved.

    • ntt1

      true enough, but what about an enforced code of ethics covering fairness in censorship and banning?

      • Watchman

        Politicians already believe that as elected representatives of the People, anything they do represents the people and is thus ethical and fair. Anything they don’t like deserves censorship and banning. On behalf of the people, of course.

        • ntt1

          something will need to be done on the fine line between zuckerbergs messianic complex and crushing government benevolence

  • moraywatson

    If this bloke’s worried about the ethics of overseas engineers not matching up with those of British society, he’s going to be in for a real downer if he ever takes a peek at the ethics of the muslims already living within his nation’s borders.