Friday 17th March 2022 marks the introduction of the Online Safety Bill to Parliament. It aims to protect children from harmful content and limit people’s exposure to illegal content, while protecting freedom of speech.
Molly’s father, Ian Russell said:
“The Molly Rose Foundation urges Parliamentarians to deliver a safer internet for all, especially our young. The first reading of the Online Safety Bill in Parliament is another important step towards ending the damaging era of tech self-regulation. Increasingly, we are all reminded of the appalling consequences created by harmful online content. Even nations and governments can struggle to protect themselves from the damaging use of digital technology, so we must do more to safeguard the lives of our young and vulnerable. It is time for the laws, regulations, and freedoms of our offline democracies to be reflected in the digital domain.”
It is hoped that the Bill’s passage through both Houses of Parliament will be completed this year so that the new legislation can soon begin to protect young and vulnerable users of digital technology.
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