Tech giants have failed miserably to stop harmful content because they prioritize profits

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WE have no doubts about the Government’s determination to protect children from the vast amount of harmful material readily available to them online.

Granted, the tech giants have failed miserably to stop the evil because, as Culture Minister Michelle Donelan says, they put profit first.

There is still work to be done to ensure that the government’s online safety bill strikes the right balanceCredit: Getty

For this reason, and because it is so important to protect our children, the effort to force social media companies to act responsibly is commendable.

It should be easy enough for them to block blatantly illegal content, regardless of audience.

Ensuring they enforce their own age limits should also be a no-brainer, but nothing in their actions so far suggests they will rush to invest the necessary time and money.

If the social media giants take the lazy option and censor anything they think could be seen by children who can too easily pass themselves off as adults, free speech will suffer.

Tech giants forced to create new technology to delete

There is still work to be done to ensure that the government’s online safety bill strikes the right balance.

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THOSE fed up with our borders being regularly breached by economic migrants crossing the Channel in small boats will be delighted to see UK Border Force officers now patrolling the beaches of France alongside their French counterparts.

It’s a welcome step in the right direction, but it can only be part of the solution, as Rishi Sunak will understand all too well as he grapples with this huge problem.

Our human rights laws are open to abuse by illegal immigrants and their passionate advocates or contradicted by the European Court of Human Rights.

As long as this continues, the evil smugglers will always find a way to put those with enough money into deadly trap boats.

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AS if the security services haven’t done a tough enough job, a host of convicted terrorists will be eligible for parole this year.

Experience shows that efforts to ensure that they do not continue to be a threat risk being hampered by the application of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Consider the case of convicted terrorist Wahbi Mohammed, who has resisted all deportation attempts since his release from a prison sentence for his part in the plot of the July 21, 2005, attempted atrocities, and who cannot even be monitored now because it will “violate his human rights”.

This is another perfect illustration of why the Prime Minister should consider action to fix the mess.

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