Next week, the Petitions Committee will hear evidence from media personality Katie Price, as it formally launches a new Parliamentary inquiry into tackling online abuse.
Katie Price - a successful media personality, businesswoman and best-selling author - and her mother Amy Price, will answer questions from MPs on the subject of online abuse and their personal experiences with this in raising Katie’s son Harvey. The evidence session will take place at 2.00pm on Thursday 2 July.
The session comes just weeks after The Only Way is Essex star, Bobby Norris, spoke to MPs about his experiences with homophobic abuse. The reality TV personality spoke out after his petition on tackling online abuse generated more than 133,000 signatures.
The Committee’s new inquiry will look at the experiences of people who have faced online abuse, focusing on potential solutions for its reduction and prevention, legally, socially and technologically. The Committee will examine what progress has been made by the Government since the conclusion of its previous inquiry into online abuse, which focused on online abuse and the experience of disabled people after Katie Price started a petition about online abuse. The new inquiry will see the Committee scrutinise the Government’s response to online abuse, and continue to press the Government on the action it needs to take.
Many figures have raised concerns over the effect of Coronavirus on mental health as people are spending more time online and on social media. The Committee is now calling for evidence to this new inquiry into online abuse, and is welcoming contributions from campaigning organisations, legal professionals, social media companies and other expert organisations in the field. Committee staff will also invite the general public – including people who’ve signed relevant petitions – to share their experiences.
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