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UK: inquiry demands tighter social media regulation

09 May 2019

#NewFilters, the first national inquiry examining the impact of social media on young people’s mental health and wellbeing, has called for tighter regulations on social media.

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Recommendations by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Media and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing include a statutory code of conduct for social media companies, and the creation of a social media health alliance, funded by a 0.5% levy on the profits of social media companies, to pay for research and clearer guidance for the public.

The APPG also asks whether the addictive nature of social media is sufficient for official disease classification, and calls for urgent research into the impact of social media on mental health.

Dr Max Davie of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said: ‘Social media has its benefits – it supports learning and builds relationships – but it does also present threats and the full impact of some are still unknown.’

Read more about this and screen use guidance in our cover story.

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