Conservative MP Ruth Edwards has called on the government to urgently tackle the issue of online scams, raising concerns that online platforms currently have no legal obligations to protect users against fake or fraudulent content.

In a debate in Westminster Hall yesterday (April 28), Edwards said there was a need for internet companies, including search engines and social media sites, to patch loopholes in their verification procedures and prevent scammers from using their platforms for illicit activity.

Edwards said: “The majority of people now go online to research and buy everything, from pensions to pet food, holidays to houses, shoes to savings products, but it is for each individual platform to decide what, if any, verification checks it wants to make on businesses taking out adverts on its service.”

However she noted that, following ongoing discussions with the Financial Conduct Authority, Google has updated its financial services policy to…

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