President reveals car bomb scare, criticizes PM for dragging his feet in social media crackdown
House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has revealed he received a car bomb alert as he criticized Boris Johnson’s government for failing to crack down on social media companies over the torrent abuse online.
Sir Lindsay said he had recently received a disturbing threat – sent via an “offshore” Twitter account – that a bomb would be placed under his car.
The president called on social media platforms to “pull themselves together” after the murder of Tory MP Sir David Amess, and suggested legislation requiring companies to tackle threats was long overdue.
“If it were up to me and I was in charge of the legislation, I would have done something,” Sir Lindsay told Times Radio in a pointed message to the government.
He added: “We have to take it seriously. Companies have a chance… We work closely with them [but] some are not performing as well as they should and they have to pull themselves together.
It comes as Tory MP Mark Francois has said it is time for ‘David’s Law’ – suggesting that the online mischief bill could be beefed up “to make sure our colleague doesn’t die in the dark. vain”.
Francois said social media companies must end the “horrific abuse” of people hiding behind anonymity. “If the social media companies don’t want them draining the swamp, let’s make them do it,” he said.
However, Home Secretary Priti Patel said any action to tackle online social media abuse by anonymous trolls should be “proportionate” and “balanced”.
Patel said Monday that “we are seeing far too much cruelty online” and also revealed that a police review for politicians “will literally wrap up in the next few days” as pledged to update MPs.
It comes as the office of former Conservative Party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith has revealed he received a death threat in the mail this weekend after Sir David was murdered on Friday.
The backbench MP’s office told LBC on Monday that the threat – which included a newspaper clipping about Sir David’s death and a reference to ‘like you’ – had been reported to Metropolitan Police.
Earlier Monday, Labor MP Chris Bryant revealed that a man was arrested on death threats after returning from Qatar on Saturday.
“The first message in my inbox was this death threat, pretty clear, so I alerted the police and they took action,” he said.
Elsewhere, SNP MK Joanna Cherry told the Daily check-in she once needed a police escort to get to her surgical ward due to a credible death threat.
On another occasion, a voter “behaved in such a threatening and threatening manner” that the Member of Parliament and her office manager “pushed all the furniture against the door of the room in the suburban library where my operation was being held during. that we were waiting for the police to arrive “.
And Northern Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill has revealed that she has already had to remove an uninvited person from her home.
“I had to physically remove an uninvited person from my home… it’s not acceptable for anyone to have to deal with this,” the Sinn Fein politician told Stormont on Monday.
This follows claims by lawmakers that the police response to threats against them is “uneven” across the country and has often been ignored.