Ian Lucas MP: We 'cannot trust' powerful social media companies

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Friday, February 8, 2019

A Labour MP has called for independent regulators to monitor social media companies, claiming they had been "beyond the law for far too long".

Ian Lucas appeared on the breakfast show to discuss the news that Instagram have pledged to remove all images of self-harm from the platform.

However, Mr Lucas, who is a member of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, said it was not enough.



"We all need to accept you cannot rely on individual businesses to say that they're going to take action in particular areas," he said.

"The law has to become involved, and we have to have systems for independent regulators to monitor what is happening to make sure that our children are safe."


'These are new threats'

Labour MP Ian C Lucas. Image: UK Parliament

Instagram - which is owned by Facebook - came under fire after a 14-year-old girl committed suicide in 2017 after viewing images of self-harm on the site.

"These are new threats that we don't understand from our generation, so it's hugely important that we work with the social media industry. They haven't been as supportive as they should have been in the past," Mr Lucas added.

"As institutions we cannot trust them. They've lost our trust over the last 10 years. These problems have developed in a way that they have not managed."