Police chief says Facebook and Twitter should re-invest some of their ‘eye-watering’ profits into stamping out child abuse images on their platforms
- Mike Barton, head of Durham Constabulary, challenged online giants to do more
- He called on the sites to give users who abuse or harrass others a life ban
- Mr Barton asked why it was so difficult to remove child pornography from web
- Police arrest more than 400 suspected paedophiles every month, he said
Mike Barton (pictured), head of Durham Constabulary, said police arrest hundreds of suspected paedophiles every month but can’t stop child abuse images alone
Social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter should re-invest some of their ‘eye-watering’ profits into efforts to stamp out child abuse images online, a chief constable has said.
Mike Barton challenged firms to do more to stop the content appearing in the first place, as police arrest hundreds of suspected paedophiles every month.
The head of Durham Constabulary also called on social media sites to hand out lifetime bans to users responsible for abuse or harassment on the platforms.
Mr Barton, the national policing lead for crime operations, asked why it was ‘so difficult’ to remove child pornography from the web.
He said forces are making more than 400 arrests in relation to indecent images of children every month, but police cannot tackle the problem alone.
The senior officer said the onus should be on the companies that invented and run the online platforms.
‘It’s their responsibility and instead of posting eye-watering profits, a proportion of them should be channelled into solving this,’ he said.
‘I am not saying you can stop all crime on the internet. What I’m saying is I think they could do more.’