This debate has been around for a while but one suspects that there will be concerted efforts now to compel major social media outlets to take action. The difficulty is that action is easy to ask for but harder to implement. Social media channels diversify and evolve and there are always new outlets. By definition their reach is pretty much limitless unless severe controls backed by legislation are put in place. I doubt few want that so the providers and the wider communications industry need to embark upon a process of review and creative thinking. The needs of Governments, the wider society and the 'international community' will need to balanced through the strategic plans of the providers - this is a monumental task for the social media providers but one they cannot shirk.
Firms including Facebook, Twitter and Google, which owns YouTube, must show "a greater sense of responsibility", it has said. Keith Vaz, the Labour MP who chairs the committee, says: We believe that the internet is a force for good, it is one of the greatest inventions of our lifetime, however, it is being used as a platform for groups like Daesh [Isis] and other terrorist organisations, who use social media, who use message boards, who use Facebook in order to spread their message. And the responsibility on these companies is not to stand aside, it is to do more of what they have been doing over the last year, which is remove content which is related to terrorism, content that is propagated by the preachers of hate."