The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications this morning continued its hearings on the challenges facing individuals, families and communities from the rise of social media, including the challenges posed by cyber-bullying and online harassment.
7 March 2013
Sinead McSweeney of Twitter and Simon Milner and Patricia Cartes of Facebook were before the Committee to outline the mechanisms in place for users to report offensive content.
“While we take on board the efforts both companies are making in raising public awareness, a number of Committee Members pointed to the need to ensure they’re more prominently publicised, particularly within school communities. A number of Committee Members pointed out that while bullying is nothing new, cyber-bullying poses particular challenges that parents and educators need to be aware of. This morning’s presentation will inform a Committee Report, which will contain recommendations in this complex and fast-changing area.
“As mentioned at the outset of this process, our Committee is conducting these hearings with open minds. The Committee’s public consultation remains open until 29 March. Citizens can make their contribution via www.oireachtas.ie and on social media channels themselves and we thank all those individuals and groups who have taken the time to make a contribution so far. We resume our hearings next Wednesday 13 March when we welcome representatives from the National Anti-Bullying Coalition. On Wednesday, 20 March, we are scheduled to meet representatives from YouTube.”
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Terms of Reference for Discussions on Social Media
1. To provide a forum for debate on the challenges facing individuals, families and communities from the rise of social media, including the challenges posed by cyber-bullying and online harassment
2. To receive a Ministerial perspective and an official overview of the measures in place, including legislative measures, to meet the challenges posed by social media
3. To receive the views of the primary social media networks, i.e. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
4. To allow a time period for public consultation and for the receipt of submissions on this topic
Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin
Timmy Dooley, Fianna Fáil
Dessie Ellis, Sinn Féin
Terence Flanagan, Fine Gael
Tom Fleming, Independent
Noel Harrington, Fine Gael
Tom Hayes, Fine Gael (Chairman)
Seán Kenny, Labour
Eamonn Moloney, Labour
Michael Moynihan, Fianna Fáil
Patrick O’Donovan, Fine Gael
John O’Mahony, Fine Gael (Vice-Chairman)
Ann Phelan, Labour
Brian Walsh, Fine Gael
Sean D. Barrett