Event: tackling online abuse through the Online Harms Bill

2021-02-05 14:13:00 +0000

On 3rd February 2021 the All-Party Groups for Compassionate Politics and Digital Regulation and Responsibility co-hosted a parliamentary on online abuse - why we need to address it and how that can be done using the upcoming government's Online Harms Bill. 

The event was Chaired by Debbie Abrahams MP - Co-Chair of the APPG for Compassionate Politics and MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth - and closed by Jeremy Wright MP, Chair of the APPG for Digital Regulation and Responsibility. Panelists were:

  • Seyi Akiwowo, Director of Glitch
  • Joe Mulhall, Senior Researcher at HOPE not hate
  • Siobhan Baillie, MP for Stroud
  • Rosie Duffield, MP for Canterbury.

You can watch clips of each of the speakers and the full session below.

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Introduction: Debbie Abrahams MP

Seyi Akiwowo: What do we know about online abuse, what is the Online Harms Bill, and what should it contain?

Joe Mulhall: how does the far-right use social media to spread hate and what can the Online Harms Bill do about it?


Siobhan Baillie MP: what kind of abuse do MPs face and why do we need to address the issue of anonymous accounts in the Online Harms Bill?

Rosie Duffield MP: why online abuse is undermining our democracy and how we can create a safer space for all communities online.

Jeremy Wright MP: how politicians and civil society can, going forwards, work together to make the Online Harms Bill effective in tackling online abuse.

Full session:

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