Social media firms must protect children – or face new laws, says Jeremy Hunt

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Jeremy Hunt is threatening legislation to punish social media firms for “turning a blind eye” to children “being exposed to harm”.

The Health Secretary has accused social media networks of “turning a blind eye to a generation of young people” by failing to protect them when using their platforms online.Jeremy Hunt says he is “disappointed” by the lack of progress made in areas such as age verification, screen time limits and cyber bullying.

He met with the bosses of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter in November, but in a strongly-worded letter he told the companies not enough progress has been made.

“I fear that you are collectively turning a blind eye to a whole generation of children being exposed to the harmful emotional side effects of social media prematurely,” he said.

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