Social Media: Codes of Practice

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 27th February 2018.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Chair, Treasury Sub-Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how he plans to encourage uptake and monitor compliance of the code of practice provided for by s103 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 by social media companies.

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

Implementation of the social media code of practice, as required under the Digital Economy Act (2017), will be the first step of this process. The consultation on this, and measures proposed in the Internet Safety Strategy, closed on 7 December.

In her speech on 6 February, the Prime Minister confirmed that the Government would be bringing forward the social media code of practice as proposed in the green paper. The code of practice will set out guidance about what social media providers should do in relation to bullying conduct on their platforms. We will be setting out next steps to achieve the code of practice in our Government response which will be published in the spring.

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