No fines for sites over ex­trem­ist ma­te­rial

Daily Mail - - News - By Jack Doyle Ex­ec­u­tive Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

GOOGLE, Face­book and other in­ter­net gi­ants will es­cape the threat of multi-mil­lion pound fines for al­low­ing ex­trem­ist con­tent on their sites.

Home Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd backed away from the idea yes­ter­day, say­ing she was ‘not con­vinced’ im­pos­ing fines was the best way to pre­vent ex­trem­ists putting videos and doc­u­ments on­line.

Re­ports last month had sug­gested min­is­ters were draw­ing up plans to im­pose swinge­ing fines on web firms that failed to stop ter­ror­ist, hate crime and other poi­sonous ma­te­rial ap­pear­ing.

But yes­ter­day Miss Rudd told Pien­aar’s Pol­i­tics on BBC Ra­dio 5 Live: ‘I’m not con­vinced that [fines] is the way to get the out­come that we want, which is for th­ese com­pa­nies to turn their ex­per­tise and re­sources to mak­ing sure this hate ma­te­rial isn’t on their web­sites.

‘They showed a lot of good­will about want­ing to do it. I’m putting pres­sure on them to use their bril­liant ex­per­tise to make sure this ma­te­rial doesn’t go up in the first place.’

Labour’s Anna Tur­ley said: ‘Ask­ing th­ese com­pa­nies nicely hasn’t worked so far. Fines will fi­nally make them take this se­ri­ously.’

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