Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell is proposing a bill in the House of Commons today aimed at tackling online hate, fake news and radicalisation by stopping people using closed forums on social media.
The bill has been backed by a cross party group of senior MP’s including Nicky Morgan, Anna Soubry, David Lammy and Jacob Rees-Mogg .
Closed forums on Facebook she argues,allow hateful views to spread unchallenged among terrifyingly large groups.
Writing in the Guardian she says:
“Social media has given extremists a new tool with which to recruit and radicalise. It is something we are frighteningly unequipped to deal with.
Worryingly, it is on Facebook, which most of us in Britain use, where people are being exposed to extremist material. Instead of small meetings in pubs or obscure websites in the darkest corners of the internet, our favourite social media site is increasingly where hate is cultivated.