Jeremy Hunt threatens social media with new child-protection laws

Apr 23, 2018 ·

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Social media firms are being threatened with new laws if they don't do more to protect children online.

In a letter to companies including Facebook and Google, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt accuses them of "turning a blind eye" to their impact on children.

He gives them until the end of April to outline action on cutting underage use, preventing cyberbullying, and promoting healthy screen time.

Google and Facebook say they share Mr Hunt's commitment to safety.

The age requirement to sign up to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat is 13. To use WhatsApp or to have a YouTube account, you must also be at least 13.

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