Amelia Andersdotter (Verts/ALE
– Mr President, we are again discussing the protection of children in the online environment and again it is painfully obvious that we barely know what we are dealing with. EU-sponsored research, for instance, shows that children normally do not perceive grooming as a problem to be solved and I think it would be good if, in our actions to censor or filter the internet, we stick to known facts.
This might have been a good opportunity for Parliament to criticise the fact that private parties are increasingly taking responsibility for what can and cannot be broadcast to users online. Instead, the report endorses private regulation of what can be broadcast in terms of freedom of speech. But private companies are not constitutional courts and they cannot determine what constitutes a legitimate method for making a political speech.
Therefore, I will vote against this report which does not in my opinion balance the rights of children to determine what they communicate.