Police in West Yorkshire today joined others in the region to appeal to internet users to report harmful extremist and terrorist material when they see it online.
They are using their social media channels to urge people to report material they suspect is extremist or terrorist by clicking on a distinctive red “STOP” button that can be found on their websites.
STOP stands for Stop Terrorists’ and extremists’ Online Presence.
After clicking on the button, web users are quickly directed to a short, anonymous form at www.gov.uk/report-terrorism where they are asked to enter the address of the webpage where they saw the material.
The national Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU), which investigates the material, has embarked on a 36-hour operation to secure the removal of the material as quickly as possible.
Since the CTIRU launched in 2010, it has prompted the removal of over 160,000 pieces of extremist and terrorist material, much of which was flagged by members of public.