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dundalkdemocrat.ie 15 Jan, 2022 14:30 am

Louth senator welcomes Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill

Louth senator welcomes Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill
Louth Fianna Fáil Senator, Erin McGreehan, has today welcomed news that the Government has agreed to begin the process of recruiting an Online Safety Com...

Louth Fianna Fáil Senator, Erin McGreehan, has today welcomed news that the Government has agreed to begin the process of recruiting an Online Safety Commissioner.This comes as the Minister with responsibility in the area received Government approval to publish the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill.As part of the framework, the Commissioner will devise binding online safety codes that will set out how regulated online services, including certain social media services, are expected to deal with certain defined categories of harmful online content on their platforms.The Online Safety Commissioner will have a range of powers to ensure compliance, including the power to require the provision of information, to appoint authorised officers to conduct investigations and to sanction non-compliant online services, including through financial sanctions of up to €20 million or 10% of turnover.

"The Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill marks a watershed moment as we move from self-regulation to an era of accountability in online safety.“Responsibility must be placed at the door of the social media companies "I understand that the goal of the Online Safety Commissioner will be to minimise the availability of defined categories of harmful online content through binding Online Safety Codes, including certain criminal content, serious cyberbullying content and other damaging material.

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