Petitions Committee

Online abuse and the experience of disabled people

Inquiry status: concluded

Report published 22 January 2019. Government response published 25 April 2019.

Debated on Monday 29 April.

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.


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