On 11 July 2023, Ofcom published a call for evidence on the research it needs to carry out to prepare advice for the UK Government on categorising regulated services under new Online Safety laws.
The Online Safety Bill, which is currently at the final stages of the parliamentary process (Report stage in the House of Lords), will require certain online services (social media sites, messaging apps and search engines) to:
Ofcom will set out guidance and codes of practice on how companies can comply with their duties.
Websites and apps that are in scope will have to protect all their users in the UK from illegal content and, where applicable, protect children from certain online harms. Some regulated services will be designated category 1, 2A or 2B services if they meet certain thresholds set out in secondary legislation. These services will be required to comply with additional online safety duties.