Online Harms White Paper - Motion to Take Note

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:41 pm on 30th April 2019.

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Photo of Lord Storey Lord Storey Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Education) 6:41 pm, 30th April 2019

My Lords, I have listened with great interest to the speeches made so far and also read, in some detail, the online harms White Paper. This followed the Green Paper, published in October 2017, in which there was an aspiration to make the UK,

“the safest place in the world to be online”.

This aspiration, which some might call a faint hope, appears again in the executive summary of the White Paper. I also listened to today’s Statement on yesterday’s social media summit and was interested to hear the Minister say that it was agreed,

“to work with experts … to speed up the identification and removal of suicide and self-harm content, and create greater protections online”.

What does the Minister understand “speed up the identification” to mean? Does it mean immediately, within an hour, a day, a week or what?