Sunday, December 31, 2017

Social Media Giants In UK Told To Help Fight Extremism Or Face Massive Tax Increases

Reuters: UK may use taxes to get tech giants to do more to fight extremism, minister says

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain may impose new taxes on tech giants like Google and Facebook unless they do more to combat online extremism by taking down material aimed at radicalizing people or helping them to prepare attacks, the country’s security minister said.

Ben Wallace accused tech firms of being happy to sell people’s data but not to give it to the government which was being forced to spend vast sums on de-radicalization programs, surveillance and other counter-terrorism measures.

“If they continue to be less than co-operative, we should look at things like tax as a way of incentivizing them or compen­sating for their inaction,” Wallace told the Sunday Times newspaper in an interview.

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More News On Tech Companies In The UK Being Told To Help Fight Extremism Or Be Faced With  Massive Tax Increases

Call for tech giants to face taxes over extremist content -- BBC
Fight extremism or face UK tax penalty, social media companies told -- The Guardian/Press Association
Web giants could be hit with major new tax if they fail to help in the fight against terror, minister warns -- The Independent
UK threatens to tax 'ruthless profiteers' Facebook and Google if they don't do more to combat extremism -- Business Insider
UK government threatens to tax tech giants over extremism -- The National
Internet giants told to help fight terror or face tax pain -- The Australian

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

All very well if it’s to stop ISIS, but I reckon they have others to silence in mind, particularly those on the patriotic right.