The Prime Minister attacks Facebook and other social media platforms over the migrant trafficking ads and states that Online Safety Bill will enable the government to make tech companies remove these adverts

  • Boris Johnson claimed that there are too many advertising trafficking groups online.
  • Many smugglers openly post routes online and offer British passports.
  • Johnson stated that legislation could be used to make tech companies remove advertising. 










After it became clear that people were using Facebook to advertise online, the Prime Minister condemned them.

Boris Johnson stated that too many criminal gangs are using social media platforms to openly advertise their services on different platforms.

The Government’s Online Safety Bill, he said, would address the issue and force Facebook and other companies to delete the dangerous content.

The revelation that human traffickers openly advertised their services online, with routes into Britain and even promises to provide British passports, was made public last week.

Boris Johnson said too many gangs were using Facebook and other online platforms to advertise people smuggling services openly and said new legislation would tackle the issue

Boris Johnson stated that too many gangs used Facebook and other social media platforms openly to promote people-smuggling and suggested new legislation will address the problem

 

The news came days after 27 people drowned while trying to cross Channel. However, many continue to try to reach the UK in spite of the tragedy.

Boris Johnson spoke after being asked about the problems of social media advertisements for channel crossings during Prime Ministers Questions yesterday.

Damian Collins, the Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe, said it was ‘totally unacceptable that companies like Facebook allow those smugglers to offer their services on their platforms… not only routes into the country but also selling them forged British papers in order to aid their access.’

Johnson, a Conservative MP, was asked by Johnson whether the Online Safety Bill would give the Government the ability to address the problem.

The Prime Minister stated that the MP had ‘absolutely correct to claim that too many of this gangs are using Social Media’.

The new legislation, he stated, would be a ‘helpful tool’ in removing this kind of material.

This is the flimsy and dangerous dinghy that sank off Calais, killing 27 people

This is Calais’s flimsy, dangerous dinghy. It exploded off Calais and killed 27 people.

Boris Johnson also defended the Nationality and Borders Bill will enable Border Force to redirect small boats back towards France.

Some MPs have voiced concern about the plan, claiming that it is illegal and would go against international human rights laws.

However, the Prime Minister defended the legislation and said it would help the Government ‘to fight the evil gangs who are predating on people’s willingness to cross the channel in unseaworthy boats’.

Next week, the bill will be brought back to the House of Commons. The Prime Minister appealed to the opposition to support it.

“I don’t ask the Opposition to answer my question, but rather tell them it: It would be wonderful if the Opposition backed our Nationality and Borders Bill and made the criminals pay.”

According to data from the Home Office, 25,776 people crossed Channel in 2021. This is an increase of 8,461 in 2020 or 1,835 in 2019.

This despite Home Secretary Priti Patel pledging £55 million to Paris in June to help France patrol the border – the latest in a long line of similar lump sums provided by the UK taxpayer. 

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