The internet has become the ‘tail that wags the dog'; it's time for Google, Microsoft, and the social media giants to clean-up the mess, writes Dr Loretta Trickett

Several MPs recently condemned Google for its refusal to ban an anti-Semitic video posted on YouTube. During the parliamentary inquiry into hate crime on social media it was argued that the video did not 'breach Google's guidelines'. While acknowledging the video was 'anti-Semitic, deeply offensive, and shocking', Google's vice president, Peter Barron, insisted: 'It doesn't meet the test for removing under our guidelines.'

Similarly, Nick Pickle, Twitter's senior public policy manager, recently commented on a Twitter user who wanted to 'deport all Muslims': 'We reviewed that particular tweet and that particular image and found it wasn't in breach...

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