Google and Facebook discuss children's online safety
21 November 2016
The Communications Committee asks representatives from Facebook and Google about their policies on protecting children online, including implementing age thresholds, sharing their data, and excessive screen time. Afterwards, the Committee hears from experts on the risk of online radicalisation.
- Parliament TV: Children and the internet
- Inquiry: Children and the internet
- Select Committee on Communications
The Committee's investigation looks into the risks and dangers presented to children by the internet, as well as the benefits, and also online governance and regulation.
Tuesday 22 November, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster
- Simon Milner, Director of Public Policy, Facebook
- Katie O'Donovan, Public Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google
- Dr Akil N Awan, Associate Professor in Modern History, Political Violence & Terrorism, Royal Holloway, University of London
- Dr Sarah Marsden, Lecturer in radicalisation, Lancaster University
Areas of discussion
Questions that the Committee is likely to ask the first panel include:
- What is your role in safeguarding children?
- How do you moderate unsuitable content?
- How can you ensure there is no under-age use of your services?
- Do you offer default-on privacy settings? If not why not?
- How do you safeguard against unscrupulous sharing of children's data?
Questions that the Committee is likely to ask the second panel include:
- How does the internet enable extremist groups to target children?
- How do children radicalise themselves online?
- How engaged is the industry in tackling online extremism?
- What solutions would you recommend?