Lucy Powell – 2021 Comments on the Online Harms Bill

The comments made by Lucy Powell, the Shadow Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, on 13 December 2021.

The Joint Committee’s report is welcome and will help improve how the internet is governed.

Social media companies have for too long gotten away with facilitating harmful content online. Current regulation is from the analogue age and lags far, far behind the digital age in which most of us all now live.

The Prime Minister’s failure to bring forward the Online Harms Bill by Christmas is yet another broken promise. The Government must now urgently act to strengthen its proposals and bring them to Parliament to prevent more and more people becoming victims online.