Sunday, 31 December 2017

Call for tech giants to face taxes over extremist content, says security minister Ben Wallace

Internet companies should face a tax punishment for failing to deal with the threat of terrorism in the UK, security minister Ben Wallace has said.

Mr Wallace said firms such as Facebook, Google and YouTube were too slow to remove radical content online, forcing the government to act instead.

While tech firms were "ruthless profiteers", governments were spending millions policing the web, he added.

Facebook said Mr Wallace was wrong to say it put profits before safety.

YouTube said violent extremism was a "complex problem" and addressing it was a "critical challenge for us all".

BBC      News.

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