UK Online Harms White Paper

30 July 2019 

The Christchurch massacre live video streaming incident sent shockwaves around the world, leading many governments to consider enacting new social media legislation to protect users against violent and abhorrent content.

On 8 April 2019, the UK Government released the Online Harms White Paper which posed a series of questions about the design of the new regulatory framework and non-legislative package. Interested parties were invited to respond to the Online Harms White Paper.

On 1 July 2020, ISMA submitted its response to the following questions:

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  1. Should regulators be empowered to disrupt business activities, undertake ISP blocking or implement a regime for senior management liability? What, if any, further powers should be avialable to the regulator?

  2. Should the governnment be doing more to help people manage their children's online safety and, if so, what?

  3. What, if any, role should the regulator have in relation to education and awareness activity?

The Online Harms White Paper responses are still under review. Stay tuned.

For more information, please contact Head of Policy & Advocacy at or +61 2 8006 9964.