UK’s Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit Update on Online Material
Please find a press release put out over the weekend related to online content in relation to the ongoing conflict in Israel/Gaza:
“The UK’s Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU), based within the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, is dedicated to identifying terrorist and extremist material online. They work with service providers to seek the removal of such material and if material breaches UK terrorism law they will carry out an investigation.
“The public play the most important role in this process and they have been making reports in significant numbers over the last three weeks.
“While we cannot comment on individual referrals made to the CTIRU, we can advise that every piece of material referred to the unit is assessed by a counter terrorism officer. The unit has received more than 1,500 reports from the public about terrorist content online linked to the conflict in the Middle East.
“Some of these referrals have led to investigations into potential breaches of the Terrorism Act. We remain committed to identifying breaches of terrorism laws and will pursue those responsible.
“We are acutely aware of the impact and influence social media content promoting terrorism can have on those vulnerable to the influences of extremism here in the UK.
“We encourage anyone who sees material online that they are concerned may be terrorist or extremist to report it to the team at gov.uk/report-terrorism”