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Sir Nick Clegg asked to give evidence on online abuse of MPs

05 February 2019

MPs from each party have told the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) about the increasing volume of abuse and harassment towards elected officials, particularly through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Chair of the JCHR, Harriet Harman MP writes to Sir Nick Clegg, former deputy prime minister and now head of global affairs for Facebook, asking him to give evidence on this subject, and have also written to Twitter requesting that they send a representative responsible for safety and content moderation in the UK.

The Committee is looking at the correct balance between the rights to free expression, to protest, to family life and to security of the person.

There is concern that the level of abuse, particularly stemming from social media, is inhibiting MPs’ freedom to represent their constituents and communicate with the public and undermines the effective functioning of democracy.

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