Online Safety Bill Aka Censorship in the UKSR

Online Safety Bill Aka Censorship in the UKSR

From The Daily Sceptic…

There has been much discussion about the censorship implications of the Government’s Online Safety Bill. But Government censorship of the internet is already happening now, under existing legislation.

Since late April, the website of RT (Russia Today) has been blocked, as well as RT accounts on social media. Regardless of your views on RT, Ukraine or Russia, the way this censorship has been applied should disturb us all.

On April 27th the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No. 9) Regulations 2022 were issued by the Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss. They came into effect on April 29th. The power to make these Regulations was granted by the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018.

These new regulations place a requirement on Internet Service Providers to “take reasonable steps to prevent a user of the service in the United Kingdom from accessing, by means of that service, an internet service provided by a designated person”. In other words, they force our ISP’s to block websites run by designated persons.

They also place a requirement on social media companies to “take reasonable steps to prevent content that is generated directly on the service, or uploaded to or shared on the service, by a designated person being encountered by a user of the service in the United Kingdom”. In other words, they force social media companies to block the accounts of designated persons.

And who is a “designated person”? It is simply somebody designated by the Secretary of State as being on the Russia sanctions list.

Just consider that for a moment. The Secretary of State can add somebody to a list, and then internet companies have a legal duty to block that person’s websites and social media accounts. Worse, the power to do that was itself conferred not directly by an Act of Parliament, but by a sanctions regulation issued by the Secretary of State.

Such regulations can be made for a disturbingly wide range of reasons under that Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act.

Those reasons include: “the interests of national security”, furthering the “foreign policy objectives of the Government”, promoting “compliance with international humanitarian law”, promoting “respect for democracy, the rule of law and good governance” and “for the purposes of compliance with a UN obligation”.

I wonder what other regulations in the future will be considered necessary for “national security” or “compliance with a UN obligation”?

Adam Collyer is a retired IT Project Manager.

Stop Press: The University of West London has drawn criticism for rejecting a student on the discriminatory basis she is Russian. Read Michael Curzon’s report in the Express.

People in China have only limited access to the internet, so, yet again, we follow the Chinese Communist model of governance.  Interestingly, I remember a blogger here telling us that when he visits China on business, Catholic Truth is one of the few blogs which he is able to access, so maybe we’ll survive the Online Safety Bill, who knows.  With the Church hierarchy pre-occupied with other aspects of politics (wars, refugees etc) there’s not much resistance to the creeping Communism taking root in the UK.  Your thoughts…

Comments (11)

  • Lily Reply

    I was amazed that RT has been removed, so I checked and it doesn’t come up at all on a search. That is shocking. I did find The Moscow Times – which claims to be independent.

    The idea that you can promote “respect for democracy” by censoring what we can read and write, is a joke.

    I think this is a very serious step. It’s very devious to call a censorship bill a “Safety” bill. If I’ve learnt nothing else after the past two years, it’s that I must never trust a politician again, and I don’t plan to.

    May 26, 2022 at 10:15 am
  • Faith of Our Fathers Reply

    I don’t know if I was lucky and downloaded the R.T. app before this Communist Set up. As I said on another Topic the Difference between R.T. and The Rotten to The Core BBC is night and day .
    Now again am not saying that I Believe all on R.T but I certainly believe NOTHING on the BBC. Also for those who Blindly read our Terrible Newspapers I remember arguing about content with a Guy who said
    ” I read it in The Daily Record it must be true ” Enough said .

    Of course now we have Billy Gates going after Elon Musk as Gates says that Twitter puts out and has put out Misinformation about Covid Vaccines.
    What Gates should have said if He were Honest ( Which we know He isn’t) is that ” Twitter is going to put out Misinformation about MY Vaccines. “

    May 26, 2022 at 1:06 pm
  • Josephine Reply

    I’ve been following some of the stuff about the Online Safety Bill and it looks like it’ll sail through Parliament.

    I wonder whatever happened to Sir Desmond Swayne, to make him go silent – unless I’ve missed something he hasn’t said diddy-squat about this censorship bill.

    Yet again, the majority will meekly accept it.

    May 26, 2022 at 1:43 pm
    • Theresa Rose Reply


      I have had a quick look at the Online Safety Bill and like you say it will likely sail through Parliament. This week I too have been wondering about Sir Desmond Swayne, he has been silent recently. I am not sure that I have heard anything about him in parliament this year.

      As to RT (Russia Today) I have not seen anything from them recently either. I did look up their website and got this. I did try it and it opened up, but then, maybe there is some mischief affoot.

      But, I found this article that President Biden is surrendering US Sovereignty to the World Health Organisation, but, it makes one wonder what to believe, or, not as the case may have it. Mind games at play?

      May 26, 2022 at 2:18 pm
      • Margaret Mary

        Biden is such a corrupt politician that he’d hand over his own mother if it would advance his personal interests. That’s my opinion, anyway, before they take away my right to say it!

        May 26, 2022 at 9:27 pm
  • editor Reply

    Well, this blog is slow, by any standards – a bit too often these days. I’m off to Ascension Mass and will be praying about this…

    May 26, 2022 at 4:27 pm
    • Faith of Our Fathers Reply

      Isn’t it strange that a Supposed Adult voted in to serve the People in a FREE Country❓is actually trying to prevent us from thinking for ourselves. Of course Truss has previous in Her Communist Apprenticeship. She was President of The Oxford University Liberal Young Communists. Well they actually didn’t call themselves Communists but Liz we can read between the Lines.

      How dare this Mob of Motley useless Politicians tell us what to think what not to think. What News to Listen to or Watch and not to Listen or Watch .
      Sure even in WW2 Lord Haw Haw was broadcast nightly.
      Their Main Job should be trying to curb Energy Prices and they should stop sending Money to Zelensky. He got His Country into a War where Putin certainly isn’t the only one to blame.

      Also am sure like me you are all fed up with Adverts supporting Ukraine.
      This War is certainly not cut and dry as useless British Politicians would have most of The Peasants believe.

      May 26, 2022 at 5:49 pm
      • Margaret Mary

        I agree, the war in Ukraine is not clear cut at all. The politicians and supporting media just want to create a bogey man for everyone to hate – this is their idea of “uniting” us. It’s the same with the American gun laws, every shooting (like the awful one in Texas) is used to campaign for an end to their Constitutional right to gun ownership.

        This Online Safety Bill is clear cut though – it’s dressed up to look acceptable, but the bottom line is, it’s censorship, nothing less.

        May 26, 2022 at 9:25 pm
  • editor Reply

    N O T I C E . . .

    This looks very interesting – not least in the context of this discussion, but also, of course, the past two years…

    One-day conference at GLO Conference Centre, Motherwell exploring the topic of media manipulation and control.

    May 26, 2022 at 9:48 pm
    • Theresa Rose Reply


      The one day Conference exploring the topic of media manipulation will be a very big topic. A lot to cover and how of course the turning the screws to gain control of everything and everybody.

      I thought Dr Vernon Coleman talking of what has been happening especially over the past two years. It looks like we are worse off than how it was in the 1930s in the big crash. Not forgetting the one world government.

      May 26, 2022 at 10:25 pm
  • Faith of Our Fathers Reply

    Margaret Mary, on Facebook their was of course an outcry about the U.S. Gun laws . Now it must be Horrible for anyone to lose a Child but the ones wanting Gun Laws changed in the U.S forget that we in Scotland had one of The Worlds worst School Massacre in Dunbane with 18 Dead . It’s not Guns that kill People it’s People that Kill People.

    Also to put the size of Scotland and Texas into perspective. Scotland is
    0.11 Times the size of Texas.

    May 26, 2022 at 10:30 pm

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