Young People: Suicide

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

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Photo of Jake Berry Jake Berry Conservative, Rossendale and Darwen

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to remove the option of anonymity for uses of websites associated with teenage suicides.

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

The Government expects all social media to make it easy for users to choose not to receive anonymous posts, to have simple mechanisms for reporting abuse, and to take action promptly when abuse is reported. Anonymity online is an important protection for people living in oppressive regimes around the world, but we expect the industry to ensure that all parents and children have the tools and information they need to use social media safely.

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