UK: Blacklist of terrorist-suporting websites should be developed, Govt says

The Government wants to establish a ‘blacklist’ of websites that contain terrorist content, a Home Office report has said.

The Home Office wants to filter out content available on public computers, such as in schools and libraries, the report said.

A specialist police unit, set up last year to investigate illegal internet content, could help identify websites that should be barred, the report said.

“We… believe the CTIRU (Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit) can play a significant role in developing an unlawful [website address] blocking list for use across the public estate,” a Home Office strategy report (116-page /714KB PDF) into preventing people being drawn into terrorism said.

The Home Office said that the CTIRU had removed material from the internet 156 times within 15 months. It said that many more websites exist with terrorist content on them and said that there was no system in place to help gauge how effective the filtering was, the report said.

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