LSE Media Policy Blog | Online Safety Bill: Five thoughts on its impact on journalism by IMPRESS's Lexie Kirkconnell-Kawana
Last month, the UK Government published its much anticipated Online Safety Bill which aims to tackle ‘harmful’ content on social media and elsewhere online.
In a new piece for the LSE's Media Policy Blog, Lexie Kirkconnell-Kawana, IMPRESS’s Head of Regulation, reviews the impact of the Government’s draft bill on journalism, press regulation and protection of the public from online harms.
On 12 May 2021, two years after the publication of its Online Harms White Paper, the Government published the Online Safety Bill, “a new regulatory framework to tackle harmful content online”. As demanded by many industry bodies, including IMPRESS, this draft includes exemptions for journalistic and news content from the broad statutory duties set out under the bill. But some fundamental questions remain.
As it starts to make its way through the legislative process, here are 5 issues that deserve the attention of news publishers and their readers...