Representatives from Facebook and Twitter are to speak to the Irish Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications during the second of its hearings on the challenges facing individuals, families and communities from the rise of social media, including cyber bullying and online harassment. Sinead McSweeney, Director of Public Policy for Europe, Twitter; and Simon Milner, Policy Director for the UK & Ireland, Facebook will appear before the committee. Minister Pat Rabbitte said that government plans to ensure that social media is used in a responsible manner.

Chairman of the Committee Tom Hayes said that they look forward to hearing from Twitter and Facebook on the safeguards that currently exist on their platforms. “A key focus of our Committee in these hearings is to explore possible policies that can be put in place to increase awareness of cyber bullying and enhance accountability for the minority who abuse online channels. At these early stages of our hearings, it is clear that any recommendations will include a joint approach to this area, which might encompass those government departments in the areas of Justice, Communications and Education.”

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