Lee Anderson Written Questions

2 Questions to Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport tabled by Lee Anderson


Date Title Questioner
26 Jun 2020, 4:21 p.m. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Inquiries Lee Anderson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the (a) statutory and (b) non-statutory public inquiries being undertaken by his Department.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has no statutory or non-statutory public inquiries being undertaken at present.

2 Mar 2020, 4:45 p.m. Social Media: Suicide and Self-harm Lee Anderson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to tackle social media platforms which promote harmful content relating to suicide and self-harm.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

The Online Harms White Paper set out government’s plans to establish in law a new duty of care on companies towards their users, enforced by an independent regulator. As part of our plans, companies will be required to take action to address harmful suicide and self-harm content that provides graphic details of suicide methods and self-harming, including encouragement of self-harm and suicide.

There are already arrangements between companies and charities to improve the identification and removal of content when it is reported, and services that signpost help and supportive content to users. The Samaritans has a strategic partnership with social media companies and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC). The partnership works together to set guidance on moderating suicide and self-harm content, and supporting users to stay safe online.