GOV.UK - Oct 11 - Britain is to become the safest place in the world to be online thanks to new proposals announced today by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley. Cracking down on dangers like cyber-bullying, trolling and under-age access to porn, the Government's Internet Safety Strategy proposes:
- A new social media code of practice to remove or address bullying, intimidating or humiliating online content
- An industry-wide levy so social media companies contribute to raise awareness
- An annual Internet safety transparency report to show progress on addressing abusive content
- Support for tech and digital startups to think safety first
In the past year, one fifth of 12-15 year olds encountered something online that they 'found worrying or nasty in some way' and 64% of 13-17 year olds have seen images or videos offensive to a particular group. Nearly half of adult users also say they have seen something that has upset or offended them on social media.