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Social media companies admit they have failed disabled users

19 June 2018

The Petitions Committee today questioned representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter as part of its inquiry into online abuse and the experience of disabled people, which was prompted by a petition started by Katie Price.

Responding to the evidence, Helen Jones MP, Chair of the Petitions Committee said:

"We've heard for months from disabled people that social media companies aren't doing enough to tackle the horrific abuse that is rife on their platforms.

Today, social media companies admitted that disabled people have been overlooked.

Katie Price's petition, and our inquiry, have forced these companies to sit up and take notice. They were full of warm words; we expect to see a real change for disabled people, and quickly.

We all appreciate the benefits that come from a more connected world. It's time for Facebook, Google, Twitter and the Government to step up and deliver on their commitments to better protect people online."

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