Clause 15 - Duties to protect content of democratic importance

Part of Online Safety Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 7th June 2022.

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New clause 7—Report on duties to protect content of democratic importance and journalistic content—

“(1) The Secretary of State must publish a report which—

(a) reviews the extent to which Category 1 services have fulfilled their duties under—

(i) Clause 15; and

(ii) Clause 16;

(b) analyses the effectiveness of Clauses 15 and 16 in protecting against—

(i) foreign state actors;

(ii) extremist groups and individuals; and

(iii) sources of misinformation and disinformation.

(2) The report must be laid before Parliament within one year of this Act being passed.”

This new clause would require the Secretary of State to publish a report reviewing the effectiveness of Clauses 15 and 16.