Ban Racists From Twitter and Facebook, Urge MPs

By Gerald Lynch on at

Posting hateful or racist messages to social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook could see you banned from the services, if a new proposal from a cross-party anti-racism task force is implemented.

The All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry Into Anti-Semitism is looking into the possibility of using the same prevention orders currently handed down to sex offenders to restrict the services that those found spreading hate online.

"There is an allowance in the law for banning or blocking individuals from certain aspects of internet communication in relation to sexual offences", reads the report.

"Informal feedback we have received from policy experts indicates that this is a potential area of exploration for prosecutors in relation to hate crime."

The proposal follows a Community Security Trust report that found anti-Semitic sentiment in Britain was at its highest since 1984, with reported incidents doubling in 2014 to 1,168. The conflict between Gaza and Israel is thought to have been a point of discussion within which hate speech spread last year -- "Hitler", "Holocaust" and the hashtag "Hitler Was Right" were all terms or phrases among regularly used relating to Jews during the conflict. [Anti Semitism via BBC]

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