Jo Stevens – 2020 Comments on DCMS Report

The text of the comments made by Jo Stevens, the Shadow Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, on 21 July 2020.

The pandemic has reinforced just how dangerous misinformation can be – with serious consequences for people’s health. But despite consecutive Conservative governments knowing about the problem of misinformation for years, this report lays bare that once again the Government has been slow to act.

It has been more than 15 months since the promised online harms legislation and the select committee shares our concerns that this long overdue legislation puts safeguarding profits of the big tech platforms before public safety.