Closed petition Strengthen laws against online abuse and harassment

Reform of the criminal law is needed to protect victims from online abuse and harassment. We all have Freedom of Speech, but this must not protect online bullying and harassment, which are not acceptable in any form.

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The Law Commission has stated that current laws do not adequately reflect the nature of some online abuse and the harm it can cause, and that these laws could be clearer and more effectively target serious harm and criminality. I think it's time for the Government to implement tougher laws on online abuse and enact legislation restricting certain behaviour online, including on social media. This could help protect the lives of thousands of people who take their own life each year.

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MPs to debate regulation and prevention of online harms

MPs will debate regulation and prevention of online harms this Thursday 19 November in the main House of Commons Chamber. The subject of the debate has been determined by the Backbench Business Committee.

This will be a debate on a motion proposed by Jeremy Wright MP, which proposes that the House recognises the need to take urgent action to reduce and prevent online harms and urges the Government to bring forward the Online Harms Bill as soon as possible, on which Members may vote at the end of the debate.

The debate will start at around 11.00am, following the business statement and questions to the Leader of the House, and any other urgent questions or statements.

Watch here this Thursday: https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/a9bed331-34a0-4f31-bd03-1ee0bf912ebc

Find out more about how Parliamentary debates work: https://www.parliament.uk/about/how/business/debates/
Find out more about the Backbench Business Committee: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/202/backbench-business-committee/