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Can social media be trusted with self-regulation?

Monday, August 13th, 2018

“Regulation should enforce transparency, enforce co-operation with law, and compliance with it”. These were the words of The Times journalist Hugo Rifkind, proposing the motion ‘Social media can’t be trusted with self-regulation’ at the Debating Group debate on 16 July 2018 at the House of Commons. The Debate was sponsored by The Market Research Society and chaired by Christine Jardine MP for Edinburgh West, Liberal Democratic Spokesman for Scotland.

Hugo Rifkind was supported by Jo Causon, CEO of the Institute for Customer Service and they were opposed by Stephen Woodford, CEO of the Advertising Association and Andrew Mann, ex-Vice-President Insight and CRM, Asda.

Following a lively debate from the floor, the motion was overwhelmingly supported.

Research Live carried a short report of the Debate on 17 July.

A full report is on the Debating Group website: