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Internet: Safety

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 2964, tabled on 18 May 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to tackle (a) financial and (b) dating apps scams in the Online Safety Bill.

Answered on

24 May 2021

We recently announced that fraud will be in scope of the Online Safety Bill. This means that companies will have to take action to tackle fraud, where it is facilitated through user-generated content.

We expect this to have an impact on some financial scams, such as fraudulent user-generated posts on social media, and on dating app scams or “romance fraud”. Romance fraud (as seen on dating apps) is estimated to cost £60m a year and can have a devastating psychological impact on victims.

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