Members: Social Media

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Independent, Dudley North

To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many staff Parliament has employed to deal with social media companies in respect of abuse or threats directed at Members of Parliament in each of the last five years.

Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Duchy of Lancaster)

Prior to June 2017 no staff were directly employed to deal with social media companies in respect of abuse or threats directed at Members of Parliament.

From June 2017 to May 2019, one member of staff was directly employed in this line of work.

From June 2019 to date, two members of staff have been directly employed in this line of work.

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