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Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Questions: Online abuse

I asked the Minister what action the UK Government would take to ensure that those who spew bile online behind anonymous accounts can be held to account for their words.

The NSPCC tells us that 1 in 8 children have been bullied online and these extends to adulthood. We should be promoting a safe online environment for everyone. People can set up Twitter accounts within minutes without any need to verify who they are.

I agree with the Minister that safeguards need to be put in place that protect those who are whistleblowing, but we should not allow social media to become infected with the disease of bullying, harassment and libel.