Social media sites will face fines if they don't do enough to tackle harmful content and keep users safe.

The Government is today announcing plans for a new Online Safety Commissioner to regulate tech companies.

The Commissioner will have powers to ensure compliance with new legislation, and force firms to take down content if issues like cyberbullying and self-harm aren't properly tackled.

Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton is chair of the Oireachtas Communications Committee - she says online and social media companies are not subject at present to any state oversight or regulation regarding content shared on their platforms.

Deputy Naughten says we need to find a way of protecting children from harmful content and keeping them safe online, and told Midwest News that Ireland is leading the way with this new legislation....

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