London, April 19: The English Premier League has welcomed the ‘Online Safety Bill’, which it hopes will receive strong support from MPs during this week’s second reading in the House of Commons, so that online abuse can be curbed. , a serious problem in football.
A statement issued by the Premier League on Monday said that “online abuse is a serious problem in football, from the grassroots and across the professional game, and we congratulate the government for introducing this world-first legislation to create an environment safer online and hold social media companies accountable. The government has strengthened the bill in a number of important areas, with the Premier League saying it welcomed the designation of “hate crime” as a priority illegal content.
“We welcome the designation of hate crimes as priority illegal content in the bill, which means that platforms have an active duty to minimize exposure to such content. We welcome the new anonymity provisions, meaning identity verification should be offered as an option and users will have greater control over who can contact them and what they see online,” the Premier League statement said.
“We are pleased that the Government has accepted the Law Commission’s recommendations to reform communication offenses to include threatening and harassing behavior online more clearly and that these will be included in the bill. This legislation is a promising first step.” towards creating a new era of online responsibility,” PL said in the statement.