Statutory guidance

Code of Practice for providers of online social media platforms

The Code of Practice offers guidance to providers of social media platforms on appropriate actions they should take to prevent bullying, insulting, intimidating and humiliating behaviours on their sites.

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The statutory Code of Practice has been published by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in accordance with Section 103 of the Digital Economy Act 2017.

The Code sets out actions that the Government believes providers of social media platforms should take to prevent bullying, insulting, intimidating and humiliating behaviours on their sites. This code of practice does not affect how illegal or unlawful content or conduct is dealt with.

The Code is directed at providers of social media platforms, but is also relevant to any sites hosting user-generated content and comments, including review websites, gaming platforms, online marketplaces and the like.

Published 8 April 2019
Last updated 12 April 2019 + show all updates
  1. Easy Read version added.
  2. First published.