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1,700 online abuse offences in the East Midlands recorded since last April

Further regulations could be introduced today in a bid to reduce the number of offences.

It's estimated 1,700 online abuse offences have taken place in the East Midlands since a white paper on the issue was published by the government last April.

Today a Private Member’s Bill is scheduled to be introduced, which could appoint Ofcom as an interim online harms regulator.

The NSPCC say they're supporting the bill, and think it could protect tens of thousands of children across the country from online abuse.

Andy Burrows, NSPCC Head of Child Safety Online Policy, said: “By our estimates, an average of 90 potential online abuse crimes against children come to light a day, so it is crystal clear regulation cannot come soon enough.

“The Prime Minister must confirm plans to press ahead with a comprehensive Duty of Care, and urgently introduce an Online Harms Bill that will deliver a well-resourced regulator with the powers to take on big tech.

“Anything less will let tech giants off the hook and have a devastating impact on tens of thousands of children, their families and law enforcement who are left to fight increasingly complex online child abuse day in and day out.”

 

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