The EU is planning new laws to combat child abuse on social media
The European Union plans to pass several laws in the coming months to urge technology companies to make more efforts to tackle child sexual abuse by strengthening current voluntary agreements, a senior official said in an interview with the newspaper. .
EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson told Germany's Welt am Sonntag that internet service providers and social media firms had reported 22 million child sexual abuse offenses by 2020, up from 17 million in 2019.
But the commissioner said that was only part of the real number.
"I will propose legislation in the coming months that will require companies to detect, report and prosecute child sexual abuse," Johansson was quoted as saying.
"A voluntary report will no longer be enough."
Johansson said the fight against juvenile abuse needs to be better coordinated and a specialized European center is needed to improve prevention, law enforcement and victim support.