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Home Office in the media

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Home Office in the media: 27 March 2017

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Home Office in the media

There is coverage in today's media of the Home Secretary's comments on encrypted communications and extremist content online and continued coverage of the terrorist attack in Westminster last week.

Extremist and terrorist content online

There is widespread coverage of the Home Secretary’s comments on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show and Sky's Sophy Ridge Show yesterday in which she said that it was “completely unacceptable” for internet companies to host extremist content on their platforms and for terrorists to be able to use encrypted communications. The papers report that she called on companies to work with the Government to make sure that the intelligence services are able to access such communications in a legal way. They quote the Home Secretary saying that "there should be no place for terrorists to hide".

The Home Secretary wrote in the Sunday Telegraph yesterday about the need for social media companies to take a more proactive and leading role in tackling the terrorist abuse of their platforms. Today's Times splashes on news that Daesh are using YouTube to host propaganda and recruitment videos referring to last week's attack.

The Metropolitan Police are giving regular updates on the investigation into last week's terrorist attack in Westminster. For the latest please visit the Metropolitan Police Twitter page.

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