4. We need proper moderation of online newspaper comment sections

“Below the line” comment sections on online news stories are routinely filled with homophobic, racist, and sexist abuse, death threats, bullying, and harassment. The Online Harms Bill offers an opportunity to close off this very public corner of the internet from hate speech. Just as a legal duty should be created on social media companies to protect the wellbeing of their users, so newspapers should become legally responsible for removing hate speech from the comment sections of their online stories.