Internet safety bill takes step forward and could start moving through Parliament in ten days 

Relief as internet safety bill takes step forward and could start moving through Parliament in ten days

  • Long-awaited Online Safety Bill set to be reintroduced to Parliament in ten days
  • Internet safety campaigners welcomed the news as a ‘huge relief’ for parents
  • Legislation will require social media sites to protect users from harmful content
  • Ofcom will act as a regulator and have the power to give companies hefty fines 

The long-awaited Online Safety Bill will finally be reintroduced to Parliament in ten days.

Internet safety campaigners welcomed the news as a ‘huge relief’ for the families of children affected by harmful online content.

After the bill’s progress stalled this summer, its future had been in doubt. But Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt yesterday announced its return on December 5.

The long-awaited Online Safety Bill will finally be reintroduced to Parliament in ten days

The long-awaited Online Safety Bill will finally be reintroduced to Parliament in ten days

The legislation will require the biggest social media platforms and search engines to protect users from harmful content. 

Ofcom will act as a regulator and have the power to hand out hefty fines of up to 10 per cent of annual turnover – or even block sites from being used in the UK.

The bill has been through four prime ministers since it was first proposed in 2019.

The bill's general aim to protect children has always had broad support, particularly after the death of 14-year-old Molly Russell

The bill’s general aim to protect children has always had broad support, particularly after the death of 14-year-old Molly Russell

Free speech concerns have been raised over how the bill deals with content for adults deemed ‘legal but harmful’.

But its general aim to protect children has always had broad support, particularly after the death of 14-year-old Molly Russell. 

Yesterday, the charity set up in her name welcomed its return but warned urgency was still needed to push it through.

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