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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:31 pm on 8th April 2019.

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Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Chair, Finance Committee (Commons) 5:31 pm, 8th April 2019

One of the problems is anonymity, because people seem to feel able to write on social media things that they would never think of saying to another person or that they would never write if their name was revealed. Yet I have known instances, for my constituents and for myself personally, when it has taken months and months for the police to be able to get the identity of individuals from the internet companies, even when serious violence has been threatened. When are these companies going to do something about the anonymity, make sure that state actors from elsewhere, such as Russia and China, stop interfering in our political processes in this country, and clean up their act?