The Government has indicated that it has received a loud and clear message that paid for advertising needs to be included in the Online Safety Bill, as Money Marketing reports.
The matter was raised in the House of Commons last week, as it debated a recommendation from the bill committee, that such advertising be included. Interesting to see a legislative committee advocating for what would be a significant change. They often seek small amendments or warn of weaknesses in legislation but follow the government line.
The Government does seem to be listening. This is the pertinent quote from the relevant minister below.
Chris Philp MP, minister for technology and the digital economy, said: “I am not going to be pre-announcing any firm commitments today because work is still ongoing, including the collective agreement process in government, but on fraud and paid-for advertising, we have heard the message of the joint committee, the Financial Conduct Authority, the financial services sector and campaigners.”
You may ask why on earth this advertising was ever excluded in the first place. Campaigners and concerned advisers should watch this closely and we don't know what the social media platforms are saying to government.
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She became MD of Aviva’s advice arm in 2020. RIP.