Social media giants 'failing' on extremism - MPs

  • 25 August 2016
  • From the section UK
Anjem Choudary Image copyright PA
Image caption Recently convicted cleric Anjem Choudary operated online for years

Social media companies are "consciously failing" to combat groups using their services to promote extremism, say MPs.

The Home Affairs Select Committee said firms including Facebook, Twitter and Google, which owns YouTube, must show "a greater sense of responsibility".

The three companies have each said they take their role in combating extremism and terrorism very seriously.

Industry body techUK said the MPs had painted "an inaccurate picture" of how much work was being done.

In its report, the committee accuses the companies of "passing the buck" over combating online extremism - although one expert said the conclusions were arguably simplistic and misleading.

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How Anjem Choudary's mouth was finally shut

  • 16 August 2016
  • From the section Magazine
Anjem Choudary, 2015, outside Regent's Park Mosque Image copyright AFP

For 20 years Anjem Choudary stood on street corners, in shopping precincts, outside mosques, embassies and police stations and used his megaphone to drive a wedge between Muslims and the rest of Britain. Now he has been convicted of inviting others to support the Islamic State militant group.

The scenes would change - but not the words.

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Nice attacks: Can a lorry attack ever be stopped?

  • 15 July 2016
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Testing a barrier: Just one of the options to stop a lorry attack

Can an attack like Nice ever be stopped?

If we want to live in a free and open society, then no security infrastructure could ever remove all the risks.

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Undercover police 'rulebook' published for first time

  • 29 June 2016
  • From the section UK
Mark Kennedy
Image caption Undercover officer Mark Kennedy infiltrated campaign groups - had a string of relationships

A rulebook covering the conduct of undercover police officers in England and Wales and how they are supervised has been published for the first time.

The draft guidance bans sexual relationships and says officers must submit to regular psychological tests.

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Undercover police: Legal challenge over inquiry

  • 10 June 2016
  • From the section UK
Mark Kennedy Image copyright Image courtesy of The Guardian
Image caption Mark Kennedy is one of the former officers

Campaigners who say they were victims of abuses by undercover police are threatening legal action to force a public inquiry to be extended to Northern Ireland.

In a legal warning letter to the home secretary, they say one of the officers at the centre of the affair operated beyond England and Wales.

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Are Christian converts seeking asylum getting a raw deal?

  • 5 June 2016
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Farsi Bible: Many converts from Iran attend secret "house churches"

Can you reel off the Ten Commandments?

If someone is asking the UK for protection as a refugee because they've converted to Christianity, should they know the answer?

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Paraplegic man convicted of Syria-related terror charge

  • 11 May 2016
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Abdal Raouf Abdallah has been in a wheelchair since he was injured in Libya at the age of 18

A British-Libyan man, left paralysed since he took part in the 2011 Libyan uprising, has been convicted of trying to help an RAF veteran travel to Syria to fight with militants there.

Abdal Raouf Abdallah, 23, from Manchester, had denied two counts of preparing acts of terrorism.

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Police and Crime Commissioners: Unloved but re-elected

A voter voting at the 2016 elections Image copyright PA

We now have 40 newly-elected police and crime commissioners across England and Wales - but what does it mean and does anybody care?

Back in 2012, the former coalition government's controversial plan to put elected police and crime commissioners in charge of the nation's constabularies was sold with one simple idea: people power.

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Undercover police denied automatic anonymity at inquiry

  • 3 May 2016
  • From the section UK
Media captionFormer girlfriend: ‘We talked about spending the rest of our lives together’

Undercover police officers facing claims of wrongdoing will not automatically get anonymity at a forthcoming major public inquiry.

Sir Christopher Pitchford, the inquiry's chairman, said he recognised the public interest in proceedings being "as open as possible".

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Hillsborough and the long journey to change the police

  • 29 April 2016
  • From the section UK
A Hillsborough family campaigner holding up a justice scarf Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Hillsborough families after this week's inquest verdict

There is a very important legal maxim: justice delayed is justice denied. Never was that truer than in the battle for answers over Hillsborough.

A 27-year wait to hear a jury say that the police were wrong, that the fans were innocent and 96 blameless people had been unlawfully killed.

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