Charities urge PM to consider Online Safety Bill
As we marked World Mental Health Day this week, PAPYRUS joined 13 other organisations who were calling upon Prime Minister Liz Truss to ensure that the regulation of harmful suicide and self-harm content is retained within the Online Safety Bill.
In the letter, CEO of PAPYRUS Ged Flynn, along with colleagues from Mental Health Foundation, Samaritans, Mental Health First Aid England, Centre for Mental Health, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, The Mix, NHS Confederation MH Network, Young Minds, British Medical Association, Place2Be, Mental Health Innovations, If U Care Share Foundation and Rethink Mental Illness, urged the PM to return the Bill to Parliament “as soon as possible in a form which protects the public from extremely dangerous suicide and self-harm content”.
To view the letter in full click here
The Online Safety Bill is a landmark piece of legislation that MPs and campaigners hope will create safer digital spaces by putting more responsibility on tech and social media firms to protect their users. Websites and apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube, which offer user-generated content are covered by the bill and it is hoped that the legislation will require these platforms to protect children and tackle illegal activity.
To read more about the Online Safety Bill visit Online Safety Bill: factsheet – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)