Radicalism: Social Media

Home Office written question – answered on 12th March 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with representatives of social media platforms on the hosting of extremist content that endorses terrorism.

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

The Home Secretary has met with representatives of social media companies both bilaterally at meetings in Silicon Valley and at multi lateral fora, such as the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism summit, where he has continued to press companies to do more to respond to the threat of terrorism online.

The Security Minister has also met with industry representatives at the G7 Interior Ministers meeting in Toronto in 2018.

This Government has been clear there should be no safe spaces online for terrorists and extremists to operate. The UK has been at the forefront of the online battle against the threat of terrorist and extremist content. My officials work closely with industry to encourage them to do more to proactively respond, and to develop innovative solutions to tackle this problem.

But there is still more to do. A White Paper will be published shortly, setting out measures to tackle online harms, including terrorist content.

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