To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals to prevent the transmission of sexually explicit material of children online.
1 April 2022
The Government introduced the Online Safety Bill to Parliament on 17 March 2022. This ground breaking legislation will tackle the growing and evolving threat of child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA), including the transmission of sexually explicit material of children online.
The Online Safety Bill sets out new duties on in-scope services to tackle illegal content. CSEA is named in the Bill as a priority offence, meaning companies must use systems and processes to minimise and remove this content. The Bill will also place a legal requirement on in-scope services to report online CSEA that they identify on their services. Ofcom can take enforcement action, including large fines, against companies that do not comply with their duties.