Theresa May’s plan to impose fines on Google, Facebook, and other web giants if they fail to monitor and remove extremist material online has been compared to Chinese internet censorship by the government’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation.
The Prime Minister announced she would seek new counterterrorist measures following a spate of attacks on the UK.
May met with French President Emmanuel Macron last month to discuss making internet giants “legally liable” for failing to crackdown on the spread of extremist propaganda.
However, Max Hill QC, the UK Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, called into question the effectiveness of the new plans.
“What is the appropriate sanction? We do not live in China, where the internet simply goes dark for millions when government so decides,” he said, according to the Times. “Our democratic society cannot be treated that way.”
Maybe if her silly Internet censorship idea is batted down, May will have to come up with a serious response to Islamic terrorism.
hat-tip Stephen Neil