The President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the United Kingdom, Wendy Burn, agreed with the Minister when she considered that “the self-regulation” of social networks in this area “has failed”.
British Government seeks to protect children from social media
For his part, Facebook’s policy director, Karim Palant, said that he “Welcomes the commitment of the Minister of Health” and assured that “he shares his ambition to create a safe and supportive environment for young people “online”.
Next week, Matthew Hancock will meet with seventeen representatives of the most popular social media networks among those under the age of eighteen, including Facebook, Google, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest to address this issue.
“If we can not trust their policies, we must take action and not hesitate to toughen the law,” said Hancock.