Internet: Bullying

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 25th January 2018.

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Photo of Anna Turley Anna Turley Labour/Co-operative, Redcar

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the Royal Foundation's National Action Plan to Tackle Cyberbullying, published on 16 Novmber 2017, to tackle on-line (a) Islamophobia, (b) homophobia and (c) antisemitism.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The Royal Foundation has played a key role bringing together technology companies with those working hard to protect children, in order to help create industry-driven initiatives and encourage the companies to take their social responsibility seriously.

The Royal Foundation’s National Action Plan tackles cyberbullying which can include islamophobia, homophobia and antisemitism. In our Internet Safety Strategy, we consulted on introducing a code of practice, which will build on the Royal Foundation’s work. As set out in the Digital Economy Act 2017, the code will address all forms of bullying, insulting, intimidating and humiliating behaviour by setting out guidance for social media providers about what they should do in relation to conduct on their platforms.

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