Thursday, 25 November 2021
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
I agree wholeheartedly. We have said for some time that the era of self-regulation is over, but we need to back that up with actions and legislation. A package of legislation is anticipated at European level. The Minister of State, Deputy Troy, is taking the lead for the Government on that. At a domestic level, the Minister, Deputy Catherine Martin, is taking the lead on online safety and digital legislation. That is a priority for her and she is keen to introduce it in the House as soon as possible so that there will be a proper complaints mechanism and, crucially, an online safety commissioner who can order platforms to take down harmful content. Much of this content is harmful.