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Petitions Committee: Submissions for written evidence

In 2018, the Petitions Committee held an inquiry into online abuse and the experiences of disabled people. Despite overwhelming evidence of the scale of the issue, for disabled people and for many other people on the internet, there has been little progress in making the internet a safer place to be. Petitioners continue to share their experiences of abuse online, most recently The Only Way Is Essex star Bobby Norris who petitioned to make online homophobia a specific crime and for new technological solutions to be used to take online trolls off social media. The Petitions Committee is launching a new inquiry into tackling online abuse, to examine what progress has been made since our predecessor Committee’s work on the issue and to press the Government on the action it needs to take.

The Committee will consider:

• The scale and impact of online abuse on internet users, including disabled people, the LGBT+ community and other minority groups

• Government proposals to tackle the issue, including the Online Harms White Paper

• Legal and technological solutions to take action against people who commit online abuse