Petitions Committee

Online abuse and the experience of disabled people

Inquiry status: Concluded

Due to the general election on 12 December 2019 the Committee has now closed this inquiry. Following the dissolution of Parliament on 6 November, all Select Committees will cease to exist until after the general election. If an inquiry on this subject is held in the future, the Committee may refer to the evidence already gathered as part of this inquiry.

Report and response published

Draft recommendations for consultation

Government response

Scope of the inquiry

The Committee looked 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 heard from people with disabilities and other experts in the field.

Publications

Read all transcripts, written evidence and other material related to the inquiry on online abuse and the experience of disabled people.

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