Varadkar scraps plan for social media watchdog

The government had been working on plans for a Digital Safety Commissioner, who would have had the power to order social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter to take down harmful online material

24th December, 2017
Leo Varadkar

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has scrapped plans to set up a new watchdog to tackle online abuse.

Social media companies have been criticised for their reluctance to take down harmful social media postings, meaning members of the public have had to apply for costly and time-consuming court orders instead.

In response, the government had been working on plans for a Digital Safety Commissioner, who would have had the power to order social media networks such as...

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