May 28, 2022, 10:23 | Updated: May 28, 2022, 10:39
Nadine Dorries posted a video on her TikTok page in which she explains the online safety bill using rap.
The culture secretary released the 41-second video recorded in her office, explaining the aims of the bill and how it would be implemented.
“This is how we improve online safety,” she told the camera at the start of the clip.
Then the music starts, and she begins her rap: “The UK is passing new legislation,
To make the internet safer for the younger generation,
It is actually a framework to protect Internet users,
Against scams, illegal content and anonymous abusers.”
She continued: “It will force big tech to prevent their terms from being violated,
And puts in place measures to defend freedom of expression,
But is it true that this will have an impact on freedom of expression?
No, we have legal protections in place in Section 19.”
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In the last verse, she explained how the new laws would be enforced: “Another thing we do through the laws we pass,
Tackles online crime and cyber flashing,
If companies do not obey the law,
And fail to protect the users for whom they are responsible,
Regulator Ofcom will have the power to amend,
“Platforms therefore need to keep people safe online.”
The Culture Secretary then looked directly into the camera and dropped a microphone to end the video.
The video, originally posted on TikTok but widely shared on other social media sites, received a mixed reaction.
On Twitter, the user joked, “The problem with the Nadine Dorries Online Damages Bill is that it doesn’t protect anyone from the awful damage Nadine Dorries does online.”
Another wrote: “Very brave of Nadine Dorries to ruin rap music, poetry and TikTok and me to have eyes and ears all of a sudden.”
the problem with the nadine dorries online damages bill is that it does not protect anyone from the awful damage caused by nadine dorries online pic.twitter.com/YIBqr9vx6V
— dave ❄️ 🥕 🧻 (@davemacladd) May 27, 2022
However, others praised her for taking the time to make the clip, with one TikTok user saying, “Well, I never thought a government minister could be interesting to watch.”
Another said: “I really enjoyed it more than I thought.”
A third TikTok user commented, “My favorite MP – multi-talented. Author. Women empowerment. Style. Inspirational.”
In response, Ms Dorries wrote: ‘author *and* rap artist’.