UK government may use taxes to get tech giants to fight against extremism

Published: Wilson Clark

On: Jan 2018

United Kingdom may use new taxes on technology giants such as Google, Facebook and want them to do more to fight online extremism by taking down material which responsible for radicalizing people or even helps them in order to prepare attacks, said by the security minister of country.

Ben Wallace incriminated tech companies to sell people’s data, but not to give it to the government authorities who was forced to spend a large amount on de-radicalization programs, surveillance as well s other counter-terrorism measures.

Wallace told that, “ If tech firms continue to be lower than co-operative, then we should take a look at other things like tax as a way of compensating for their inaction or incentivizing them. However, he also accused tech industries of keeping private profit before public safety.

UK is likely to use taxes to make tech giants to do more to fight for extremism

He even said that, “At this point we should really stop pretending that as they sit on beanbags in t-shirts, but they are not ruthless profiteers. They will sell our information to loans and other companies but not give it to our government.”

Britain suffered a series of attacks by Islamic extremists during the month of March and June last year. Mr. Wallace told to one of the leading newspaper from UK that reliance on the internet world made Britain vulnerable to rouge states and terrorists too.

“That’s what puts me awake at night. In the last 100 years, we are more vulnerable than at any point” he said. The minister said that tech firms have made life too easy for the attackers by denying to close down guides for bomb making and extremist. While encrypted messaging services such as Whatsapp were a major problem as well, he said.

Wallace told that, “I have to collect more human surveillance which is costing for hundreds of millions of pounds. Because content is not taken down as quickly as the techies could do, we are trying to de-radicalize people who have been radicalized that require millions of amount. The tech firms cannot get away with that and thus we should take a look at all the factors including tax.”

He didn’t give further details about the tax plan. It is reported that any demand would take the form of a windfall tax which is similar to that used on privatized utilities by Tony Blair, the former Prime minister’s government in 1997.