Islamic State: Social Networking

Home Office written question – answered on 16th June 2015.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to prevent ISIL using social media outlets to propagate its message.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

We are working with responsible social media companies to take robust action against terrorist material from groups like ISIL. Since 2010, over 90,000 pieces of terrorist-related material have been removed at the request of the dedicated Counter-Terrorism Internet Referral Unit.

We are pressing social media companies to take stronger, faster and further action to combat the use of their services by groups like ISIL. We want to see a zero tolerance approach to terrorist activity on their networks. Responsible companies are committed to making it easier for users to report terrorist and extremist propaganda. We will encourage companies to produce industry standards for the identification, removal and referral of terrorist activity and will consider further action a necessary.

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