What started as a simple idea over two years ago, has grown into a law that very well may be passed through the new Conservative leadership of Britain’s, Theresa May. The new Prime Minister of the UK has been insistent on passing “safeguards” that would allow children, once they turn 18 to delete any derogatory or incriminating former social media posts, photos, and even comments.
In an age when everything is displayed on the Internet, you may think you have deleted something on a site, only to have your name tied to it later on in search results. These digital “bumpers” act as a way to prevent a person from having their past affect their future. There have been several occasions where younger kids have risen into promising positions, only to be fired or demoted due to the unearthing of former posts from their adolescence. Not only is this unfair to punish someone for words written years prior in their youth, but it bring a whole other worry into play about Internet privacy.
In an act to further the future law, the MP will inflict fines on social media companies not willing to comply with the efforts. Furthermore, there will be a “requirement” that companies keep up with complaints about offensive or derogatory content, in an effort to shield the youth from damaging images and material.
I do in fact agree with this movement to erase children digital history at the age of 18, and strongly endorse any further movement towards enacting it. Right now in the US, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence of this happening, however in the age of fake news becoming ever present in our everyday language, we could look to see possibly a similar movement being made, and one that could play a large part for kids trying to secure internships and jobs, having grown up in this now digital age.
What are you thoughts on this possible law, and do you think it is a positive or negative move?