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Google and Facebook discuss children's online safety with Lords Committee


Representatives from Facebook and Google will be asked by a Lords committee about their policies on protecting children online, including implementing age thresholds, sharing their data, and excessive screen time.

Next Tuesday, 22 November the Lords Communications Committee inquiry into children and the internet will take evidence from Google and Facebook. Afterwards, the Committee will hear from experts on the risk of online radicalisation.

At 3:30 pm the witnesses giving evidence will be Simon Milner, Director of Public Policy at Facebook and Katie O'Donovan, Public Policy and Government Relations Manager from Google.

They will be asked questions such as:

  • What is your role in safeguarding children?
  • How do you moderate unsuitable content?
  • How can you ensure there is no under-age use of your services?
  • Do you offer default-on privacy settings? If not why not?
  • How do you safeguard against unscrupulous sharing of children's data?

Then at 4:30pm the Committee will hear from Dr Akil N Awan, Associate Professor in Modern History, Political Violence & Terrorism, at Royal Holloway, University of London, and from Dr Sarah Marsden, Lecturer in radicalisation at Lancaster University.

Questions which they may face include:

  • How does the internet enable extremist groups to target children?
  • How do children radicalise themselves online?
  • How engaged is the industry in tackling online extremism?
  • What solutions would you recommend?

The Committee will start its evidence sessions at 3.30pm on Tuesday 22 November in the House of Lords Committee Room 2.

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