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Petition Debate an Online Harms Bill by the end of 2020 and make it law by July 2021

Campaign Against Antisemitism and others have long called for the regulation of social media. The #NoSafeSpaceForJewHate campaign arose due to social media companies’ failure to remove hatred. The Government must bring an Online Harms Bill before Parliament during 2020 and make it law by July 2021.

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Racist material on social media has proliferated with little accountability. Social networks often do not provide evidence to police, and take little action themselves, as though they bear no responsibility for the hate they publish. This must end.

New legislation must urgently introduce a requirement to remove racist incitement within set timeframes, a duty of care for social networks with personal liability for executives, and tighter requirements to provide evidence to police under warrant.

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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/

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