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Online Safety, 19/03/14 [E/NI/S/W]

The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee has published a report on online safety.

The Committee investigated how best to: protect minors from accessing adult content; filter out (i.e. block and remove) extremist material, including images of child abuse and material intended to promote terrorism or other acts of violence; prevent abusive or threatening comments on social media.

The report says that millions of legal pornography websites must set up stronger restrictions to prevent children accessing them or be prosecuted and forcibly shut down. It also advises that police must begin prosecuting websites that fall foul of obscenity laws and calls on the government to consider increasing the funding of groups charged with stopping the proliferation of child abuse material online.

With regard to preventing abusive or threatening comments on social media, the report says that much of the abuse and bullying that takes place online is covered by existing laws, but these need to be clarified with guidance updated for the online space.

For full details see the UK Parliament website.

Further Information

Volume I: Report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence

Volume II: Additional written evidence