September 2023

Online Safety Bill becomes law

Following years in the drafting, the Online Safety Bill has finally cleared Parliament.

The legislation imposes new legal duties on big tech companies and service providers and is overseen by the regulator Ofcom.

A spokesperson for the Molly Rose Foundation said: “The Online Safety Act is a vital first step towards addressing harms online.

“Five years since it was first announced, the legislation has been thoroughly scrutinised and debated.

“The onus is now on Ofcom to move boldly and swiftly to protect children from preventable harm.

“The new regulatory regime needs to ensure young people are not being algorithmically flooded with harmful and potentially life-threatening content – that is the criteria by which it will be judged.”

If you’re struggling just text MRF to 85258 so you can speak to a trained volunteer from Shout, the UK’s Crisis Text Line service

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