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Journalism: Internet

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 2282, tabled on 17 May 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will provide a definition of journalistic content in the context of the Online Safety Bill; and what his Department's policy is on the criteria that qualify a piece of content to have been generated for the purposes of journalism.

Answered on

21 May 2021

The Online Safety legislation will create a positive obligation on platforms with the largest audiences and a range of high-risk features (‘Category 1’ platforms) to put in place safeguards for all journalistic content shared on their services. Further details will be set out in codes of practice. Category 1 platforms will be required to specify how they identify content as being journalistic in their terms of service.