Online safety regime must be tougher on internet pornography - charityOnline Safety
Press release: 13 Jan 2022
GOVERNMENT online safety proposals do not go far enough when it comes to regulating pornography, and safeguards must be implemented whilst the plans are being debated, CARE has said.
List porn as a ‘harm’
In a statement today, CARE argues that pornography should be listed as a specific “harm” in the online safety regime given strong evidence of its impact on children, and links to sexual violence.
A Joint Committee report on the draft Online Safety Bill, due to be debated this afternoon, made several welcome recommendations.
One of these was that a list of harms be written into the Bill. However, pornography was not specifically mentioned.
James Mildred, Chief Communications Officer at CARE, commented:
CARE is also concerned that the governments online safety plans will not be as robust as previous legislation in tackling extreme and violent pornography.
Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 would have ushered in tough regulation of this content, but it was never enacted by Ministers.
Mr Mildred added:
Enact interim safeguards
CARE has also stressed the need for “interim safeguards” whilst the online safety bill is being considered by parliament. CARE wants to see robust age verification to stop children accessing pornographic websites.
Age verification was agreed under Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act and has been backed by senior figures including the Children’s Commissioner for England. Mr Mildred continued:
Notes for Editors:
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