Law relating to social media to be reviewed
The Prime Minister has indicated that the Law Commission will review legislation “to ensure that the criminal law, which was drafted long before the creation of social media platforms, is appropriate to meet the challenges posed by this new technology”. A new “social media code of practice”, providing guidelines for content and conduct and how companies report abuse is also proposed.
The announcement follows concerns that online intimidation and trolling will deter individuals from engaging in politics and repeated calls for social media platforms to do more to prevent the abuse of their networks, both by trolls and extremists.
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