San Francisco — Nearly 10 years ago, an Italian court handed down six-month suspended prison sentences to three senior Google executives. Their crime: failing to prevent the internet company from hosting a user’s video showing an autistic child being bullied. The verdict was seen as an outlier, and later overturned. Now it seems everyone wants to get in on the act. Australia reacted to the live-streaming of the Christchurch massacre that left 50 people dead in March with a new law that could cause internet executives to be locked up if they do not act quickly enough to remove violent content. The UK has also just floated the idea of imposing criminal penalties. It came as part of a sweeping proposal this week to make all companies that carry user-generated content and communications responsible for everything on their sites. The UK’s attempt to put itself at the front of the pack in legislating a safer internet has prompted inevitable warnings about the threat to civil liberties onl...

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