Big four broadband providers to block extremist content

The government has made its first moves towards blocking extremist content on the internet after reaching an agreement with the four biggest broadband providers in the UK - Virgin Media, BT, Sky and TalkTalk.

The agreement will see the introduction of a 'report' button, which will allow you to notify providers about sites containing terrorist-related material. While there are bound to be wags who make many a comical suggestion, the tool does raise questions about what exactly qualifies as extremist.

There's unlikely to be any objection to the principle of rooting out violence and extremism, Jim Killock of digital rights campaigning organisation the Open Rights Group, said it needs to be implemented with context in mind or legitimate content could be blocked.

None of the big four providers have explained how the new system will work, but they will put a button on the homepages of their websites that allows you to report specific webpages to the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (Citru), which will play a simialr role to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Ceop) agency when it comes to child abuse-related material.

No indication has been given about when the measures will be introduced, but a spokesperson for BT said: "We have had productive dialogue with the government about addressing the issue of extremist content online and we are working through the technical details."

Source: The Daily Mirror

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