21 Oct 2021

Will Online Safety BIll help tackle abuse against MPs?

Less than a week since Sir David Amess’ death, Labour have accused the government of failing to make good on their promise to get the Online Safety Bill through its first stage in parliament by the end of the year.

A draft bill, which sets out to deal with harmful and abusive behaviour online, is now being scrutinised by a Commons select committee.

It includes tough action against social media firms which fail to crack down on abusive or extremist content, but civil liberties campaigners have warned the measures could become a “danger to democracy”.