Online extremism ‘cannot be policed’, says head of UK counter-terror police


Extremism has become so widespread online that it “cannot be policed”, the head of UK counter-terror policing has said.

Campaigners have called for more action against hateful material, but concerns over potential infringements of civil liberties have sparked a parliamentary inquiry on freedom of expression.

Riots at the US Capitol in Washington have reignited international debate about how extremist content and conspiracy theories should be tackled.

The British government is assessing official recommendations to create a legal definition of extremism, which could be used to criminalise material that currently falls short of the law.

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Source: The Independent