Petitions Committee

Online abuse and the experience of disabled people

Inquiry status: open

Scope of the inquiry

The Committee is looking into the following questions:

  • What's the impact of online abuse, especially on people with disabilities?
  • Who’s responsible for protecting people from online abuse? Are technology companies doing enough?
  • How well does the current law protect disabled people from online abuse? Does the law need to be changed? 
  • How should we define online abuse? Where’s the line between legitimate freedom of expression, behaviour that is against the terms and conditions of social media sites, and abuse that should be against the law?
  • What support is there for victims of online abuse?

The Committee will hear from people with disabilities and other experts in the field. The Committee will then look at the evidence it’s received, and decide what recommendations to make to the Government. That could include recommendations for changes to the law.

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