George Galloway says until Twitter gives authorities information more freely to combat crime, it should have sanctions imposed
Twitter should be banned in the UK until it agrees to work more closely with UK authorities, MP George Galloway has said.
The MP has filed an early day motion, that if implemented, could result in Twitter being banned in the UK. The motion, named "Twitter and the deception of crime" suggest that the social networking site should be legally required to provide information to police or other authorities when requested.
The company does currently provide information to UK authorities, but only when it deems the matter to be a case of 'life or death'.
"Twitter is now a very widely used mode of social networking; is a US-based enterprise whose primary motivation is to maximise its profits; Twitter is now used for a variety of criminal activities including sending malicious communications," the filing reads.
"Twitter refuses to co-operate with UK authorities in general and the police in particular when trying to detect the source of criminal communications." Galloway admits in the filing that Twitter does comply occasionally, but that these situations are determined by the company and not UK authorities.
"[This House] believes that this failure to co-operate with the detection of the sources of criminal behaviour is reprehensible," it adds. "[It] calls on the Government to impose sanctions on Twitter until it agrees to fully co-operate with UK authorities and police in the detection of crime."
The chances of an early day motion (EDM) being debated in the House of Commons, never mind acted upon, are incredibly slim. Only a small proportion of EDMs have ever been debated, and even fewer make it into law.