Huw urges Health Secretary to tackle online bullying

In Parliament, Huw spoke of the harm that bullying and harassment on social media is causing to young people. He said social media companies often operate under the laws of the US and not the laws of the UK and should be held to account for content that is posted on their sites in this country.  

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, agreed and said the government had a duty of care to ensure that international social media companies do not operate with impunity. 

He said the new Online Harms White Paper made it clear that this view was outdated and sets out that there should be an enforcement mechanism so that social media companies are subject to the laws of parliament.

This, he said, would ensure that we don’t have a “Wild West” online, and was a step in the right direction to make the Internet a safe place, particularly for vulnerable children.

Watch the exchange here: