|Facebook 'must pay to police internet' or face fines: UK parliament |
Social media firms may be forced to pay for the cost of policing digital crimes and should be fined if they do not quickly censor illegal posts, under plans published by a parliamentary committee on Monday.
The home affairs select committee, says that the behaviour of Facebook, Twitter and Google has been "completely irresponsible and indefensible" and that they should now be presented with the bill for investigating crimes committed over their networks.
It is "shockingly easy" to find terrorist material online and companies should face multi-million pound fines and sanctions unless they begin taking robust action.
Similar "policing" charges are levied on football clubs and late-night drinking establishments which are blamed for fuelling certain types of crime.
Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, welcomed the report and said its recommendations were being studied "carefully" while police chiefs also said that action was now necessary.
Half of all crimes reported to police now involve some element of social media involvement, with terrorist offences, hate crimes and threats of violence all being committed online.