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New laws to make social media safer 22/05/2018 New laws will be created to make sure that the UK is the safest place in the world to be online, Digital Secretary Matt Hancock has announced.

New laws to make social media safer

New laws will be created to make sure that the UK is the safest place in the world to be online, Digital Secretary Matt Hancock has announced.

The move is part of a series of measures included in the Government’s response to the Internet Safety Strategy green paper, published earlier this week. The consultation on the green paper revealed that:

  • Six in ten people said they had witnessed inappropriate or harmful content online
  • Four in ten people said they had experienced online abuse
  • Four in ten people said concerns they put to social media companies were not taken seriously.

According to the Government, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Home Office will jointly work on a White Paper with other Government departments, to be published later this year. This will set out legislation to be brought forward that tackles a range of both legal and illegal harms, from cyberbullying to online child sexual exploitation. The Government also says it will continue to collaborate closely with industry on this work, to ensure it builds on progress already made.

More details can be found here.

 

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