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Social Media: Hate Crime

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 11th June 2018.

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Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Labour, Bethnal Green and Bow

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to include a new statutory requirement on social media companies to stop the spread of online hate speech in the forthcoming internet safety strategy white paper.

Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Labour, Bethnal Green and Bow

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will include penalties for social media companies that fail to remove hate speech flagged by users in the forthcoming internet safety strategy white paper.

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

The Government response to the Internet Safety Strategy Green paper announced that DCMS and Home Office will jointly work on a White Paper. The White Paper will set out our proposals for future legislation that will cover the full range of online harms, including both harmful and illegal content. We expect the White Paper to be published later this year.

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