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Department for Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 14th January 2015.

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Photo of Cathy Jamieson Cathy Jamieson Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has made to Facebook about online abuse of people with autism.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Culture Media and Sport)

DCMS has not made any representations to Facebook about online abuse of people with autism. However, the Government is working closely with social media companies, including Facebook, to improve reporting mechanisms so that online abuse in any form can be addressed quickly, with accounts being closed as necessary.

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