Facebook and Sky 'opposing anti-bullying laws'

Facebook and Sky are opposing the introduction of laws to clamp down on online abuse and bullying - according to reports.

The Irish Examiner reports that Facebook wants to roll out its own anti-bullying hub, launched in the US last year, while Sky says internet regulation is ineffective, and that its customers prefer to be responsible for their children.

However the ISPCC has been vocal in its criticism of the lack of regulation, and its calling for legislation specifically to clamp down on cyberbullying.

Last week the Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte said it would be hard for the Government to take measures without the support of the industry.

He said: "I think it would be difficult for the Government to take effective measures without the co-operation of the industry unless one is saying that you can decree and make law, but that kind of intrusion is running counter to the spirit of what we are trying to do here and would run counter to the fundamental cornerstone of the freedom of expression.”

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