Serious Violence Taskforce: Social Media

Home Office written question – answered on 5th November 2018.

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Photo of Joan Ryan Joan Ryan Labour, Enfield North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 31 October 2018 to Question 184345 on Serious Violence Taskforce: Social Media, what assessment he has made of the suitability of the content hosted by (a) Kik Messenger, (b) Snapchat, (c) Telegram, (d) Viber, (e) Wickr and (f) Whatsapp on their encrypted messaging apps in relation to county lines activity.

Photo of Joan Ryan Joan Ryan Labour, Enfield North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 31 October 2018 to Question 184345 on Serious Violence Taskforce: Social Media, how he plans to develop engagement with (a) Kik Messenger, (b) Snapchat, (c) Telegram, (d) Viber, (e) Wickr and (f) WhatsApp in relation to the use of encrypted messaging apps for county lines activity.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

We recognise the role online messaging platforms can play in facilitating gang violence and county lines activity and in June this year the Home Secretary announced a new £1.4m police capability to take action against violent content hosted on social media and disrupt gang activity online.

Our Serious Violence Strategy also sets out the role of social media in driving serious violence and we are working with a range of social media companies, the police and partners to consider what actions to take in tackling online violent content and will broaden our engagement with online platforms and companies if needed as our understanding of the issue grows.

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