Online Radicalisation

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th March 2017.

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Photo of Craig Williams Craig Williams Conservative, Cardiff North 12:00 am, 6th March 2017

What steps she is taking to safeguard vulnerable individuals from online radicalisation.

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

We are taking robust action to tackle radicalisation online and to counter the poisonous ideology that is promoted by terrorists and extremists. In 2016, our police Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit secured the removal of more than 120,000 pieces of terrorist-related content. We work with communications service providers to tackle proactively terrorist use of their platforms and we support community-based initiatives that challenge terrorist propaganda and provide credible counter narratives.

Photo of Craig Williams Craig Williams Conservative, Cardiff North

I thank the Minister for his answer. I pay tribute to the Home Secretary and her ministerial team for all they do to protect the values that we all hold so dear. With Cardiff in mind, may I ask what the Government are doing in particular to tackle extremism in this country?

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

In October 2015, the Government published a comprehensive new strategy to tackle all forms of extremism, including both Islamist and that from the far right. The strategy sets out an ambitious programme to deal with those who promote hatred and intolerance, which can cause real harm in our communities. When it comes to Cardiff, my hon. Friend will be aware of the extra efforts going into the Prevent programme in his local authority, and I would be delighted to visit the Prevent providers with him should he wish to make such a visit.