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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th March 2017.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham 12:00 am, 16th March 2017

In a woeful performance before the Home Affairs Committee earlier this week, managers from Google, Twitter and Facebook admitted that they do virtually nothing proactively to reduce hate speech, extremism or child abuse from being hosted on their sites. Is it not time that we proactively pursued a policy similar to German proposals that would see social media companies penalised with large fines if they failed to take down such sites within 24 hours, or to prevent them in the first place?