UK PM Wants Facebook and Google to Censor ‘Extremist’ Online Speech

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  September 21, 2017   

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LONDON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Theresa May, the Prime Minister of Great Britain, is threatening to go to the United Nations if Facebook doesn't censor "extremist" content.

Great Britain is joining a coalition with France and Italy by giving Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google an ultimatum to take down "terrorist propaganda" from their social networks or be fined.

They are planning to join together, appealing to the United Nations (U.N.) in order to convince tech companies to limit access, and as some critics fear, free speech.

Since July, May has been attempting to restrict the internet in the U.K. in an attempt to crack down on the sharp increase in terrorism, asserting, "We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed. Yet that is precisely what the internet and the big companies that provide internet-based services provide."

There have been five terrorist attacks in Great Britain in 2017, the latest being a bomb detonated in a subway tunnel on September 15, injuring 30 people.

In June, Germany made steps to fine social media companies nearly $56 million for failing to remove content that was considered "hate speech" and "incitement to violence."

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Both Great Britain and Germany, however, have been inundated with Islamic violence since the massive influx of Muslim refugees from the Middle East.

Almost daily, there are reports of rape gangs, sharia courts and violent Islamic militants, posing as children.

Critics are wary of government attempts to eliminate hate speech and so-called extremist content since they claim it will limit free speech.

Other critics claim limiting social media will not curtail the spread of terrorism because other ways will be found to spread the information.

Despite the increase in Islamic terrorist activity, London's Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan boasted in March that he will be bringing in 1.5 million more refugees.

 

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