The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications has this morning recommended that a single body be given responsibility for co-ordinating the regulation of social media content.
18 July 2013
It says that funding and organisational models for this agency should be agreed with the industry, noting other examples where industry-led partnerships between stakeholders and government have been established in recent years. The Committee also argues that guidelines specific to cyberbullying should be put in place nationally, so that school principals have a clear protocol to follow.
The recommendations are included in the Committee’s report which was launched in Leinster House this morning. Other recommendations include that:
Committee Vice-Chairman John O’Mahony says: “Social media outlets are changing the way many of our citizens interact with one another. Over four public hearings held earlier this year, our Committee debated in detail challenges facing individuals, families and communities from the rise of social media, including the challenges posed by cyber-bullying and online harassment. Informed by these hearings and by the many submissions received from the public, we have prepared a report containing what we believe are practical, clearheaded and common-sense recommendations to be considered by Government.”
“There is no doubt that social media has immense potential for public good and civic engagement and the Committee‘s primary concern was to ensure that it does so without impacting adversely on people's individual rights. Underpinning our recommendations is the need for a more coordinated approach to tackling the irresponsible use of social media channels which spans State departments and agencies and the social media companies themselves.”
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