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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th March 2017.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 12:00 am, 29th March 2017

The whole question of working with the companies to ensure that extremist material is removed as quickly as possible is not new; that work has been going on for a number of years. Through the counter terrorism internet referral unit, we have a process that enables the police to take material down. Some 250,000 pieces of material have been taken down from the internet since February 2010, and there has been a significant increase in that activity in the past couple of years or so. My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary will meet the companies later this week to talk to them about this important issue. We do not want to see extremist material on the internet, and we want to see companies taking action to remove material that encourages hate and division.