MP appalled to discover extremist social media company in Newbury
Newbury MP, Laura Farris, has expressed her anger at discovering an extremist social with its headquarters based in Newbury.
The MP was referring to Bitchute, which according to Wikipedia, is described as "video hosting service known for accommodating far-right individuals and conspiracy theorists, and for hosting hateful material."
Bitchute is registered on Companies House as having its headquarters within Oxford House on Oxford Street.
The company's activities were covered in the Guardian in June. Under the headline "The UK social media platform where neo-Nazis can view terror atrocities", the article went on to say "BitChute, which was used in the dissemination of far-right propaganda during the protests in London and elsewhere this month, has hosted films of terror attacks and thousands of antisemitic videos which have been viewed over three million times."
Concerns were also raised by the Community Security Trust (CST), a charity set up to combat antisemitism. Findings in their report, "Hate Fuel: The hidden online world fuelling far right terror" were rebuked by Bitchute in a tweet - “any such videos, including incitement to violence”.
Farris said: "I was appalled to discover there is an extremist social media company with its registered office in Newbury. And worse, is no clear route for dealing with this. Today I asked Sara Khan, the Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism, what measures the Government can take to close these down & what difficulties may exist."