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Monday, February 10,2014

UK seeks to further restrict access to 'terrorist videos'

May run afoul of other countrie's free speech laws

By Josh Gross

The BBC is reporting that fears of ministers in the U.K. are seeking to further block the ability to view videos posted to the internet depicting or encouraging violent extremism.

Current law allows the U.K. to filter content from the public sector. But out of fears that Europeans that have taken part in the Syrian conflict may try to influence young Britons to join the fight, at home or abroad, Immigration Minister James Brokenshire is seeking to block it from domestic internet users as well.

Though it's not quite as simple as Brokenshire would like.

From the article...

"The BBC has also been told it has proved difficult for the government to act against sites hosted abroad, both in the Middle East and in the US, where freedom of speech is protected by the constitution.

"Through proposals from the extremism taskforce announced by the prime minister in November, we will look to further restrict access to material which is hosted overseas - but illegal under UK law - and help identify other harmful content to be included in family-friendly filters," James Brokenshire said."

The article also said that 21,000 pieces of content have been blocked using existing restrictions.

Read the full story here.

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