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

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to (a) reduce the number of threatening messages and harassment of women on social media platforms and (b) ensure that all platforms improve the ease of reporting such abuse; and if she will make a statement.

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

The Director of Public Prosecutions published guidelines on cases involving communications sent by social media in June this year. This guidance makes clear that in cases where communications constitute credible threats of violence or specifically target an individual or individuals should be robustly prosecuted.

Social media platforms also have a role to play in ensuring that their acceptable use policies and the processes for enforcing them, including reporting processes, the removal of content and the suspension or termination of accounts as appropriate, are robust.

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