U.K. May Use Taxes to Get Tech Giants to Do More to Fight Extremism
Britain may impose new taxes on such technology giants as Facebook and Google unless they do more to combat online extremism by taking down material aimed at radicalizing people or helping them to prepare attacks, Reuters (Dec. 31, Shirbon) quoted the country’s security minister. Ben Wallace accused tech firms of being willing 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. Facebook executive Simon Milner rejected the criticisms, while YouTube, which is owned by Google, said it was doing more every day to tackle violent extremism.
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