Crack down on internet giants, PM to tell Obama as he insists Google and Facebook have ‘moral duty’ to spot suspicious posts


  • Mr Cameron’s two-day visit to Washington is due to begin today
  • He wants to tighten up rules on web firms and ban encrypted posts
  • Report into murder of Lee Rigby found evidence of online boasts 

David Cameron will tomorrow urge Barack Obama to force US-based web giants to do more to tackle terrorism.

The Prime Minister will use talks in the White House to press for tougher action to require the companies to alert authorities to suspicious online exchanges, ban encrypted communications and store data.

He accuses them of failing to assist in the fight against terror, and insists they have a ‘moral duty’ to act.

Cyber-terrorism and surveillance will be central issues at the visit, which Tory strategists hope will be a pre-election ‘love-in’ between Mr Cameron and Mr Obama and boost the Prime Minister’s standing at home.

Unusually, the President has agreed to host Mr Cameron close to an election, apparently repaying the favour Mr Cameron made by visiting the US and all but endorsing him during the last presidential race.

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in France, the leaders will focus on economic and national security — which they will argue are linked.

British officials said Mr Cameron, due to begin his two-day visit to Washington today, would seek support for a crackdown on terrorists using social networks and other websites to communicate and foment hatred.

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