Wednesday 21 February 2018

Facebook and Twitter to appear in front of committee

The Oireachtas Committee on Communications is to call in representatives from Facebook and Twitter to discuss concern surrounding cyberbullying
The Oireachtas Committee on Communications is to call in representatives from Facebook and Twitter to discuss concern surrounding cyberbullying

Social networking giants Facebook and Twitter are to appear in front of TDs and Senators to discuss the ongoing concern surrounding cyberbullying.

The Oireachtas Committee on Communications is to call in representatives from both companies to discuss their practices when it comes to dealing with alleged bullying on their sites.

The decision was taken following a request by Labour Party senator Lorraine Higgins.

Ms Higgins has published a bill which proposes making cyberbullying a criminal offence. The bill has secured the Government's support. The Galway politician is one of a number Oireachtas members who have suffered horrific abuse online.

Ms Higgins called for the social media giants to appear after a survey showed one in every four children have been cyberbullied.

"Social media companies should not get off scot-free when it comes to legal and moral responsibility for its users, whom they depend on to generate profits of millions if not billions of euros," she said.

Irish Independent

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