Social Media

Home Office written question – answered on 21st April 2017.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Party Chair, Labour Party, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department is enrolled on any trusted flagger programmes with social media companies.

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

This Government takes seriously the issue of online illegal content on social media platforms.

Our Police Counter-Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU) regularly refers online terrorist and extremist content that breaches social media companies terms and conditions for removal. So far they have secured the removal of over 250,000 pieces of terrorist content since February 2010. CTIRU have developed relationships with over 300 online platforms, and are a YouTube trusted flagger.

The National Crime Agency Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) also has Trusted Flagger status with YouTube, and has similar arrangements with a number of other social media providers.

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