U.K. Prime Minister Criticizes Internet Companies Over Slain Solider – Terrorists Use Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) To Post Plans
The Prime Minister of United Kingdom, David Cameroon has criticized and rebuked for failure to eradicate terrorists after investigation of the murder of a soldier revealed a message where an Islamic fanatic planned the attack.
The British parliamentary committee stated of the two men sentenced for murder of Fusilier Rigby in a gruesome assault, during day time last year, sent a message stating his plans of murdering a soldier in the most grisly and graphic manner. An unidentified technology company never turned the communication over to police, the committee said in a released statement. The report that was released today seems to have cleared intelligence agencies of failure on their part to stop the attack that ended in the death the 25-year-old soldier. Even with several intelligence agencies were keeping Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo under continues observation, the unfortunate incident couldn’t be stopped. Cameron said he expects Internet companies to give more assistance to security and intelligence agencies to prevent instances of terrorism. The British Premier has accused the networks that their platform is being used to plot murder and mayhem. He claimed it is their social responsibility to act on this and everyone expects them to live up to that responsibility. Cameron expressed his opinions in the House of Commons, where he pledged 130 million pounds ($200 million) to help disrupt terrorists. Adebowale posted the message about his intentions on Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) according to BBC without saying where it got the information. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) doesn’t allow terrorist content on the site and tries to prevent it, Sally Aldous, a spokeswoman for Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) said in a replied mail.
Adebolajo was imprisoned for life and Adebowale for 45 years for the assault that transfixed the country. Rigby was attacked just after 2 p.m. on May 22, 2013, outside a military barracks in the Woolwich neighborhood of southeast London. Televised images of the gruesome mirder were transmitted around the world. Adebolajo and Adebowale hit Rigby with their vehicle and then almost beheaded the unconscious soldier with several sharp weapons, prosecutors stated during the trial. The U.K. government plans to introduce anti-terrorism legislation this week requiring Internet companies to provide user data to authorities. Under the proposed law, Internet-service providers will have to retain information on Internet protocol addresses which is a number that identifies individual computer devices and supply it to security services on request to help them track users’ activities as part of its anti-terrorism policy.
Privacy groups talked rhetorically about technology companies as a diversion to cover up failures on part of intelligence agencies and defend observation programs that have been subjected to severe criticism since it was revealed by Edward Snowden, contractor for U.S. National Security Agency. They claim the committees shamefully spin the facts seeking to blame the communications companies for not doing the agencies’ work. The U.K. anti-terror strategy is counterproductive and failing on almost every level.
The intelligence agencies along with tech and blogging websites have come under severe backlash as a result of unsupervised content that they have served as a host to.