Social Media: Codes of Practice

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered at on 19 June 2018.

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Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk Conservative, Cheltenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to his Department's green paper on internet safety strategy, published in October 2017, when his Department plans to publish the codes of practice for social media companies.

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

As part of its work to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online, the Government published the Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper in October 2017 and published its consultation response in May this year.

The consultation response included a draft statutory social media code of practice. This provides guidance to social media providers on appropriate reporting mechanisms and moderation processes to tackle abusive content. By setting out clear standards for industry, we will make sure there is improved support for users online, and that more companies are taking consistent action to tackle abuse.

The Government will continue to consult with tech companies, charities and other stakeholders on the draft statutory social media code of practice ahead of the publication of a joint DCMS and Home Office White Paper.

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