Lead a global effort to close down online spaces for those who propagate hate speech
Last updated: 08:21pm 11 December 2019
Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.38
We will lead a global effort to close down online spaces for those who abuse children, incite violence or propagate hate speech.
In May 2019, an Ofcom survey found that 75% of adults are ‘very concerned’ about hate speech online in relation to children. With 99% of people in the UK aged 16-44 being recent internet users, and 45% of adults who use the internet indicating that they have experienced some form of online harm, keeping citizens safe online is of growing importance to governments around the world. This policy promises to lead a global effort to counter hate speech online.
In April 2019, the government published the Online Harms White Paper, setting out ideas to tackle illegal and unacceptable content and activity online, and began a round of consultations on an appropriate framework. The paper was critical of existing regulatory and voluntary initiatives, saying they “have not gone far or fast enough, or been consistent enough between different companies”. The government aims to be the first in the world to establish a comprehensive framework to encourage online companies to take steps towards ensuring the safety of their users under an independent regulator.
“…leading international efforts by setting a coherent, proportionate and effective approach…”
The White Paper consultation ran from April to July 2019 and responses are being analysed.
The Online Harms White Paper is a significant statement of intent when it comes to tackling hate speech online, but further action was not taken during the government’s time in office. So, this policy remains ‘in progress’.
Get the details!
- Internet users’ concerns about and experience of potential online harms – Ofcom
- Online Harms White Paper factsheet – Gov.uk
- Websites to be fined over ‘online harms’ under new proposal – BBC News
- Online Harms White Paper – Gov.uk
- Internet users, UK: 2019 – Office for National Statistics
- Work to prevent terrorists from having a safe space to communicate online
- Lead a global effort to close down online spaces for those who incite violence
- Lead a global effort to close down online spaces for those who abuse children
- A consistent approach to regulation of online and offline media
- Put responsibility on industry not to direct users to sources of harm online
- Protect those who need more protections online
- Educate today’s young people in the harms of the internet
- Be the global leader in the regulation of the use of personal data and the internet
- Teach children about the mental health risks of the internet
- Create an industry-wide levy from social media companies and communication service providers
- Push internet companies to remove terrorist propaganda
- Push internet companies to help smaller companies build their counter terrorism capabilities
- Push internet companies to provide support for civil society organisations
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