House of Commons Select Committee report: Online Abuse and the Experiences of Disabled People

The Government needs to acknowledge the importance of the internet to disabled people and commit to ensuring that the internet is no more dangerous for those with disabilities than those without.

This is according to a July 2018 report by a cross-party group of MPs on the safety of disabled people online.

The Committee highlight that disabled people are failed at every stage in the development of digital policy and practice.

Their report includes draft recommendations for consultation, including making incitement of disability hatred a specific crime and requiring social media companies to produce Easy Read privacy notices.

Committee Chair, Helen Jones MP, said:

Our inquiry into online abuse and the experience of disabled people has shown that social media is rife with vile, degrading and dehumanising comments about people with disabilities. It’s time for action.

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