Mayor Sadiq Khan launches new app to combat terrorist content online – South London News

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched a brand new smartphone app in the present day, making it simpler for folks to report terrorist content material on-line.

The iREPORTit app has been funded by Metropolis Corridor and created in partnership with the Met’s Counter Terrorism Web Referral Unit (CTIRU).

It’s going to allow Londoners and folks throughout the nation to report terrorist content material on-line rapidly, simply and anonymously to the police utilizing their smartphone.

This follows a current discovering that 81 per cent of all Londoners have no idea how one can get on-line extremist materials taken down from common web search engines like google and yahoo.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan mentioned: “We all know terrorists and extremists are set on exploiting the uncertainty of the pandemic for their very own achieve.

“With extra folks than ever at dwelling on-line for longer durations, usually in remoted environments, I’m decided to do the whole lot I can to counter that menace and assist preserve Londoners protected.

“Working carefully with the nationwide Counter Terrorism Web Referral Unit, I’ve funded the iREPORTit app to bridge the hole between somebody seeing extremism on-line and with the ability to report it rapidly and anonymously from their cell phone.

“We all know terrorism doesn’t recognise borders so this app will likely be accessible to all Londoners and everybody throughout the UK.

“Nonetheless, we urgently want the Authorities and tech corporations to step up and do extra now to forestall the speedy unfold of terrorist and extremism materials on-line.

“Insidious voices are rising louder on-line and we should all work collectively to counter hate, intolerance, extremism and terrorism.”

The Mayor’s funding of the cellular app, which is able to initially run as a three-month pilot, is on high of the £6m already invested in supporting victims and tackling all types of hate.

Additionally it is the most recent part of his Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programme which has already invested £800,000 in additional than 30 civil society-led initiatives throughout the capital.

The brand new app is free to obtain now on Android and Apple gadgets and permits customers to flag any terrorist content material on-line or on social media in three fast steps.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, who leads the Met’s Sepcialist Operations Command and is Head of Counter Terrorism Policing throughout the UK mentioned: “Each time a member of public sends the Counter Terrorism Web Referral Unit a hyperlink to materials which is terrorist or extremist in nature, they’re serving to police within the worldwide combat towards terrorism.

“So I welcome this new app which affords the general public one other option to report materials, along with the prevailing reporting instruments.

“Specialist officers are prepared and ready to have a look at each single referral despatched through the app.

“The place materials breaches UK terrorism laws, they are going to search its removing, even when the web site host relies out of the country, as a result of each piece that’s faraway from the Web is now not out within the ether, probably radicalising susceptible folks and inspiring them to trigger severe hurt to others.”

If in case you have seen materials on-line which you’re involved may very well be terrorist or extremist, you may also report it at

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