An inquiry by a committee of MPs has revealed the “horrendous, degrading and dehumanising” abuse that Disabled people are exposed to when they use the internet.
Helen Jones, the Labour MP who chairs the committee, said: “Our inquiry into online abuse and the experience of Disabled people has shown that social media is rife with horrendous, degrading and dehumanising comments about people with disabilities.
“The law on online abuse is not fit for purpose and it is truly shameful
that Disabled people have been forced off social media while their
abusers face no consequences.”
“There is no excuse for the continued failure to make online platforms
safe for Disabled people.”
“Self-regulation has failed Disabled people and the law must change to
ensure more lives are not destroyed.”
A government spokesperson said: “As part of the Online Harms White
Paper we are bringing in new laws and reviewing existing ones to make
the internet safer for everyone, including Disabled people.”
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