Thursday, 28 November 2019

Ceisteanna (59)

Seán Sherlock

Ceist:

59. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked 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]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

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.