Internet Giants Could Face Fines Over Extremist Content, Minister Suggests

7 June 2017, 18:23

Internet Giants Could Be Fined Over Terror Content, Minister Suggests


Fines could soon be introduced for internet giants who fail to deal with extremist content online, a Tory minister has suggested.

It comes after LBC exclusively revealed a Youtuber who featured in the “Jihadis Next Door” documentary has had his content blocked in the UK.

Yesterday it was revealed Abu Haleema (pictured), a British Muslim radical activist, was an associate with one of the London Bridge attackers.

Despite Youtube signalling Mr Haleema’s content was within their rules - the company has told LBC’s Vincent McAviney a legal block had been added to his account today (Wednesday).

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The material is, however, still accessible abroad and even through a private network here in Britain.

Responding to LBC’s investigation during an LBC Election Call, David Gauke, the chief secretary to the Treasury said it’s time for a crackdown.

“We have to consider all our options,” Mr Gauke replied when asked if a Tory government would consider imposing fines.

“If you’re legislating for something then clearly you’ve got to have sanctions for failing to comply.”

He added: “If we cannot get there by co-operation then the next step is legislation and if you breach legalisation there has to be a punishment.”

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