Despite technological innovation and an increase in public understanding of dangers, the online world continues to pose hazards - from images of child abuse to trolling. These dangers are the correlation of the immense benefits provided by unimpeded communication and free speech, so any attempts to mitigate harms have to be proportionate and, where possible, avoid disadvantageous consequences.
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has investigated a number of aspects of online safety that are currently raising concerns, in particular:
- How best to protect minors from accessing adult content;
- Filtering out extremist material, including images of child abuse and material intended to promote terrorism or other acts of violence;
- Preventing abusive or threatening comments on social media.