Campaigners are concerned online safety experts may not be able to warn people about harmful content if the Online Safety Bill does not allow independent researchers to access data from social media platforms. The government is being urged to adopt amendments to the bill so that researchers can access platform data in order to monitor harmful material. The access would be overseen by Ofcom and user privacy would be protected. In an open letter to the government, campaigners said the bill is in danger of passing without the power to make social media platforms more transparent. The bill is currently passing through the Lords, with outstanding amendments due to be debated on Thursday.
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