Government announce plans for "duty of care" online safety laws
8 April 2019 (updated on 8 April 2019)
The Government have announced plans for significant new online safety initiatives in a White Paper published today.
The Government's Online Harms White Paper recommends a new regulatory framework for online safety and sets out a programme of actions to tackle online content or activity that harms individual users, especially children, or threatens the "way of life" in the UK by inciting violence or terrorism
Making a statement in the Commons, Jeremy Wright, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said;
"Our challenge as a society is to help shape an internet which is open and vibrant but also protects it's users from harm. There is clear evidence that we are not succeeding."
- Watch Parliament TV: Statement on Online Harms White Paper
- Read Hansard: Statement on Online Harms White Paper
- Read the Online Harms White Paper [external]
- Read the Government's Press release on the Online Harms White Paper [external]
- Have your say: respond to the Government's Online Harms White Paper [external]
The White Paper found that voluntary actions intended to protect users have not been sufficiently or consistently applied by online companies. In response it suggests a new regulatory framework, including the establishment of an independent watchdog to enforce the duty of care owed by social media companies to their users.
A 12 week consultation on the proposals has also been launched today, after which the Government will introduce legislative proposals.
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