Smith targets internet extremism

The home secretary has outlined plans to target websites promoting extremism, as part of efforts to stop people being drawn towards radical groups. Jacqui Smith said she wanted to use technology to stop “vulnerable people” being “groomed for violent extremism”. Jacqui Smith said she wanted to use technology to stop “vulnerable people” being “groomed for violent extremism”. “Because something is difficult, that is no reason not to have a go at it,” she added. “The internet can’t be a no-go area for government.” Ms Smith is to discuss the plans with members of the communications industry. She will meet internet service providers and members of the Muslim community to discuss measures to block websites which promote terrorism. The home secretary said it would be possible to “learn lessons” about removing offensive material which was placed online.