DCMS will ensure what is illegal offline is illegal online

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to review laws and make sure that what is illegal offline is illegal online as the government marks Safer Internet Day.

As set out in the Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper, the government will launch a review of current legislation on offensive online communications to ensure that laws are up to date with technology and determine whether laws are effective enough in ensuring parity between the treatment of offensive behaviour that happens offline and online.

May also said that a comprehensive new social media code of practice will be introduced this year, establishing minimum expectations for social media companies, as well as an annual internet safety transparency report.

Matt Hancock, Digital Minister, said: “We want to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online and having listened to the views of parents, communities and industry, we are delivering on the ambitions set out in our Internet Safety Strategy. Not only are we seeing if the law needs updating to better tackle online harms, we are moving forward with our plans for online platforms to have tailored protections in place - giving the UK public standards of internet safety unparalleled anywhere else in the world.”

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