A public regulator and tough new standards are crucial to ensuring the internet is safe for everyone

A public regulator and tough new standards are crucial to ensuring the internet is safe for everyone

Violence and discrimination, a principle we recognise in the real world, must now be enforced much more strongly in the digital one, writes Stephen Doughty MP. | PA Images


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Social media and internet companies have repeatedly failed to recognise, let alone get to grips with extremism on their platforms. Future regulation must ensure they are not allowed to use ‘grey zone’ excuses to justify inaction.

Last year the government unveiled the Online Harms White Paper intended to deal with “online content or activity that harms individual users, particularly children, or threatens our way of life in the UK”. The paper proposed a suite of internet regulations that would establish a code of practice for internet companies and a statutory duty of care.

But the scheduled debate on the proposed legislation has been kicked into next year, with legislation apparently delayed.

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