Dame Caroline welcomes joint international move to tackle extremism online

Dame Caroline Spelman, Member of Parliament for the Meriden constituency, has welcomed a joint international effort by the UK and France to tackle the abuse of social media and online services by individuals seeking to promote terrorism and extremist views.

The campaign to tackle online extremism was launched yesterday by the Prime Minister Theresa May, and President Emmanuel Macron of France and will seek to encourage nations to adopt tougher measures to crack down on extremism.

The move has been welcomed by MPs from all sides of the House of Commons - including those on the influential Home Affairs Select Committee which has previously expressed concerns about the availability of this type of material.

Dame Caroline said: ‘In the wake of recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester it is right that we adopt stricter measures to ensure that tech companies do more to halt the spread of hateful ideologies.

‘I am proud that it is Theresa May and the UK Government who are jointly leading the charge to ensure that private companies do more to prevent people being exposed to this form of propaganda.

‘Nevertheless, more needs to be done to keep people safe from extremism - both online and in the community which is why I am pleased that the Government has committed to looking closely at what more can be done to address this problem both here in the UK and abroad’.