Thursday, 28 November 2019
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
59. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he has met with representatives from social media companies in the past two months; and if so, the companies he met with. [49431/19]
I have not met with any social media companies in the period referred to by the Deputy.
On 4 March 2019 I launched a consultation in relation to the proposed Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill. This legislation will set a clear expectation for online platforms to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of the users of their service. A regulator, an Online Safety Commissioner, as part of a wider Media Commission, would oversee the new system.
I intend to bring the draft heads of Bill to Government by end-2019. My Department will consult further with stakeholders, including social media companies, in early 2020 in relation to the detail of these proposals.