Culture secretary

Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan criticizes social media companies

Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan slammed social media companies during a speech at the Conservative Party conference.

Ms Donelan, MP for Chippenham, told Tory ICC members in Birmingham that ‘for too long’ the UK ‘has allowed social media giants to undermine the innocence of children by feeding them dangerous content’ .

She said: “Last week there was the Molly Russell inquest. He further highlighted the terrible failure of social media companies in terms of their ability to put children and young people, and their well-being, first.

“I think we owe it to Molly Russell and all of Molly’s family to make sure we do everything in our power to prevent this from happening again.”

She added: “Our Online Safety Bill must be the answer and I will ensure that the main purpose of the Bill is really to ensure that social media companies protect children online.

“I can confirm here today that the Bill will return to Parliament and my dedicated team of Ministers and I are working hard to ensure the Bill is delivered.”

Ms Donelan also announced that the government will “replace GDPR with our own business and consumer friendly UK data protection”.