Islam: Religious Hatred:Written question - 132316

(Bolton South East)
Asked on: 13 March 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Islam: Religious Hatred
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to prevent the growth of extreme anti-Muslim views in (a) print, (b) broadcast and (c) social media.
Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 21 March 2018

The Government recognises the harm caused by anti-Muslim views across all forms of media including print, broadcast and social media and our Hate Crime Action Plan makes clear our commitment to reducing this harm. We are working with The Society of Editors and the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) to improve journalists' understanding of minority groups and to devise training to help journalists gain a better understanding of Islam. We have also been instrumental in ensuring that four of the main internet service providers, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft, remove illegal hate speech including Islamophobic content from their platforms within 24 hours.

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