Social Media: Privacy

Home Office written question – answered at on 11 October 2022.

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Photo of Emma Lewell-Buck Emma Lewell-Buck Labour, South Shields

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the adequacy of social media regulations on images being shared online of vulnerable individuals following a major incident such as a terrorist attack.

Photo of Thomas Tugendhat Thomas Tugendhat Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

The Online Safety Bill will give the power to Ofcom to hold social media companies to account and ensure they abide by their own terms of service to keep users safe, including any policies relating to images shared after a major incident such as a terrorist attack. This will mean companies must be clear about the legal content that they allow on their platforms and apply this rigorously and consistently.

However, when a terrorist attack occurs in the UK with an online element, the Home Office will enact its crisis response protocols. This involves working with the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit, affected tech companies, and the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism to ensure appropriate action is taken on content related to the attack, including removal of illegal content and moderation of bystander content if it is likely to breach a company’s terms of service. The Home Office’s crisis response protocol was enacted in response to the terrorist attacks in Streatham and Reading in 2020.

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