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Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Jim Sheridan Jim Sheridan Labour, Paisley and Renfrewshire North

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance her Department gives to social networking sites with headquarters in the UK on the legality of content produced by their users.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Government do not provide guidance on the legality of content posted on the internet.

What is illegal offline is also illegal online and where illegal content is posted, law enforcement action should be, and is, taken. There will be instances where content does not cross the criminal threshold but may not meet the acceptable use policies social networking sites have in place. Where this is the case, Government expect such sites to have robust processes in place for enforcing such policies, including the removal of content and the suspension or termination of accounts as appropriate.

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