FILE PHOTO: Facebook and Twitter logos are seen on a shop window in Malaga, Spain, June 4, 2018. REUTERS/Jon Nazca/File Photo

(Reuters) – Social media executives could be held personally liable for harmful content distributed on their platforms, the Guardian reported on Thursday, citing leaked British government plans.

The government is expected to unveil its plans on Monday, to be policed by an independent regulator and likely to be funded through a levy on media companies, the Guardian said.

Social media companies have been widely criticized following last month’s attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left several people dead, leading to widespread calls for regulations on harmful online content.

UK communications regulator Ofcom will likely be the initial regulator and will have the power to impose