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Internet: Eating Disorders

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN HL17232, tabled on 16 July 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to block applications which publish content that may be harmful to children with eating disorders.

Answered on

1 August 2019

The government wants the UK to be the safest place in the world to go online. As set out in the Online Harms White Paper the government will take action to tackle content or activity that harms users, particularly children.

Companies will be required to take robust action to address harmful content, including self-harm content which encourages eating disorders. Services must respond quickly to identify and remove content which is illegal or violates terms of use, and act swiftly and proportionately when this content is reported to them by users.