We’ve reached a turning point, the UK will no longer sit by and let harmful content online go uncontrolled

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I RECENTLY sat opposite Mark Zuckerberg in his Facebook offices in San Francisco to outline our plans to become the first country in the world to properly tackle online harms.

I told him that we had reached a turning point. A point where we could no longer sit by and let harms go uncontrolled. A point where new laws were now the only option.

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Mark Zuckerberg has been urged to do more to fight harmful content online and prevent it from reaching vulnerable social media users[/caption]

How can we do nothing when self-harm videos are being ‘suggested’ for our children to watch.

How can we stand by when those who are vulnerable are being abused and bullied online with nowhere to turn?

How can we fail to act when hostile states spread lies to undermine our democracy?

Self-regulation simply isn’t working. Today, we have set out our plans for change.

One of Government’s primary duties is to keep people safe. That’s why through our Online Harms White Paper we will create a new statutory duty of care for online platforms.

This will require tech companies to have proper systems in place to seek out harmful content and prevent it reaching vulnerable people – especially children.

They must take more responsibility for the safety of their users and tackle harmful content or activity on their services. If they don’t they will face legal action. This could be in the form of fines or even the blocking of their sites.


Estimates show that a quarter of adult internet users in the UK have experienced some form of harm related either to content or interactions online. It’s time we reversed these shocking statistics.

I would like to thank the Sun for bringing this issue to the forefront of the public’s minds. It hasn’t gone unnoticed.

By continuing to shine a spotlight on internet safety and making tough decisions we will ensure that the UK is the safest place in the world to be online.

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