UK to stop its citizens seeing ‘extremist’ material online

TAP – David Cameron has already defined ‘extremist’ to include those who know that 9/11 and the London bombing were clearly false flag events.  Truth is now called ‘extreme’.  That’s the measure of how big the lies are.  They need a Counter Terrorist Internet Referral Unit to try to stop the truth getting out online.  It’s a bit late, isn’t it?

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The U.K.’s big internet service providers, including BT, Talk Talk, Virgin Media and Sky, have agreed to filter out terrorist and extremist material at the government’s behest, in order to stop people seeing things that may make them sympathetic towards terrorists.

The move will also see providers host a public reporting button for terrorist material. This is likely to be similar to what is already done with websites that may host child pornography – people can report content to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), an organization that maintains a blacklist, to which that site could then be added.
In the case of extremist material, though, it appears that the reports would go through to the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU), which is based in London’s Metropolitan Police and has already been very active in identifying extremist material and having it taken down. CTIRU told me in a statement: “The unit works with UK based companies that are hosting such material. However the unit has also established good working relationships with companies overseas in order to make the internet a more hostile place for terrorists.”

Government sources also told me that Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Twitter have agreed to “raise their standards and improve their capacity to deal with this material.”

Jim Killock, executive director for the Open Rights Group, said in a statement: “We need transparency whenever content is blocked for political reasons. Companies have a duty to protect free speech, and should be extremely wary of taking responsibility for deciding whose views are acceptable. It is better left to the courts.”

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The decision comes a year after the British government said it would force ISPs to block “extremist” websites. On Friday Prime Minister David Cameron, who is visiting Australia, told that country’s parliament:

A new and pressing challenge is getting extremist material taken down from the internet. There is a role for government in that. We must not allow the internet to be an ungoverned space. But there is a role for companies too. In the UK, we are pushing them to do more, including strengthening filters, improving reporting mechanisms and being more proactive in taking down this harmful material. We are making progress, but there is further to go. This is their social responsibility, and we expect them to live up to it.

The Australian government will also get its ISPs to filter out extremist material, sources told me, adding that the aim is “to prevent children and young people coming across radicalizing material.”

I’m not sure which internet Cameron is talking about, as the one I’m familiar is anything but “ungoverned”. Indeed, it’s frequently subject to multiple overlapping jurisdictions – for example, U.S. copyright laws affect what the rest of the world can see through services such as YouTube and its Patriot Act claims dominion over data stored all over the world, the U.K.’s DRIP Act mandates that foreign web firms retain data on their users, and some people even want Europe’s privacy laws to affect what everyone in the world can find on major search engines.

Anyhow, there aren’t many details of the new policy floating around yet — the ISPs are at the time of writing still preparing their statements, and the ISP Association refused to comment – but I am extremely worried about the idea of CTIRU maintaining a blacklist for what can and can’t be viewed online.
Even the IWF has shown itself on occasion to be worryingly unaccountable — an obscure anti-terrorism unit is hardly likely to be better. And, if ISPs maintain their own censorship systems, their anti-pornography filters’ propensity for false positives is also less than reassuring.

When new GCHQ spy chief Robert Hannigan said 10 days ago that the internet was a haven for terrorist recruitment, I suspected that this was a prelude to a new wave of censorship. I’d rather that I hadn’t been right about that. Now the U.K. can sit less-than-proudly alongside Russia as a country that won’t let its citizens see material that might make them think bad things.


7 Responses to “UK to stop its citizens seeing ‘extremist’ material online”

  1. The Truth is the ENEMY of The State.

  2. Truth has no borders and it cannot be stopped from spreading and any effort at doing this will backfire.

    It is not possible to continue crime, false flags or hoaxes as a distraction to hide crime forever!

  3. susan foster says:

    extremist ? i bet he will allow the extremeist crap subliminally shows in eastenders coronations st holby city where homosexuality is slid in in subliminals to pervert the thoughts of those who watch it, and all TV advertising is run by 3 jewish firms which is why every time you see a couple together its a black man and a white woman, subtly saying women prefer foregn black men as white men are no good.
    if you watch this extremist crap you will be contaminated at a deep level

    • Gordon says:

      It’s their attempt to create a brown race through miscegenation thus doing away with the black and white races. Likewise of late I’ve read that redheads are also under fire.

  4. martin aynuss says:

    morris youtube visd shows the 43 mexican students were killed by israelis

  5. Gordon says:

    Here is what Google lists as its current UK news:
    U.K. »
    You’re better off with me, insists Cameron, as Ukip declare victory in Rochester – ‎1 hour ago‎
    Middle class earners will pay almost £2,000 less income tax under a Conservative government, David Cameron has said, ahead of a widely-expected defeat in the critical Rochester and Strood by-election.

    Reuters UK
    Scottish nationalist ‘kingmakers’ eye post-2015 election deal with Labour
    Reuters UK – ‎2 hours ago‎
    1 of 3. A party supporter displays some of her badges at the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) annual party conference in Perth November 15, 2014.
    Air strike ‘hits British IS executioner’ – ‎46 minutes ago‎
    HORROR: Journalist Steven Sotloff is seen in a still image from a video released by the Islamic State, purporting to show his beheading.

    The Guardian
    Pussy Riot: ‘When friendly people like us become enemies of the state, it is very …
    The Guardian – ‎26 minutes ago‎
    Masha and Nadia, fearless leaders of the radical feminist group whose name president Vladimir Putin refuses to utter, have thrown themselves back into political activism since their release from a penal colony last December.
    Britain has smashed a string of terror plots in recent months, claims David … – ‎Nov 14, 2014‎
    David Cameron has revealed that a string of major home-grown terror plots had been smashed in recent months. He also slated internet giants such as Google for not doing enough to prevent extremists from spreading evil messages on the web.

    And here is what Aangirfan has to say:

  6. Andrew Anglin’s Daily Stormer web page has been hacked and cannot be accessed. Two to three days now I have not been able to view.

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