According to The Independent, that the long awaited Online Safety Bill had been strengthened with:
the addition of new criminal offences such as revenge porn, hate crime, fraud, the sale of illegal illegal drugs or weapons, the promotion or facilitation of suicide, people smuggling and sexual exploitation.
Also three new criminal offences recommended by the Law Commission, have also been added to the bill:
The new offences cover communications that are sent to convey a threat of serious harm; those sent to cause harm without reasonable excuse; and those sent which are known to be false with the intention of causing non-trivial emotional, psychological or physical harm.
They also say that Nadine Dorries, the Culture Secretary, has said in an interview with Times Radio that:
Under the new rules, senior executives of online platforms could end up in prison, if they do not act ...
Asked again if senior executives could find themselves in prison if they did not comply, she said, "absolutely."
However, this is disputed by the NSPCC. Their head of child safety has said:
despite the rhetoric, the governments current proposals mean tech bosses wouldn't be held personally liable for the harmful effects of their algorithms or failing to prevent grooming, and could only be prosecuted for failing to supply information to the regulator.
The maximum prison sentence if they fail to comply is two years. According to iNews, the draft bill was to originally
delay bringing in the power to make named individuals criminally liable for two years after the bill came into law to allow the sector to adjust.
But Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries ordered the deferral period to be cut down to two months to "strengthen penalties for wrongdoing from the outset."