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Social Media: Bullying

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN HL2529, tabled on 25 October 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they are taking, or are planning to take, to stop the rise in malicious communications via social media.

Answered on

7 November 2017

We are currently consulting on introducing a social media code of practice as part of the Internet Safety Strategy which was published on 11 October.

As laid out in the Digital Economy Act 2017, the code will seek to ensure that providers offer adequate online safety policies, introduce minimum standards and metrics and ensure regular review and monitoring. Government will continue to consult with stakeholders in the tech industry on the details of the code of practice before its introduction in 2018.

More broadly, the Government published the Hate Crime Action Plan in July 2016 to drive forward action to tackle hate crime. This action includes the recent announcement of the creation of a national online hate crime hub.