Priti Patel is urging social media companies to take down messages that glorify border crossings.
Priti Patel has stated that social media companies must act quickly to delete internet posts that “glamourize” migrant crossings.
Online films advocating “lethal crossings,” according to the Home Secretary, are “absolutely unacceptable.”
She has written to social media companies, requesting that they do more to remove such videos.
Posts that glorify and even support these dangerous crossings are completely unacceptable.
Despite Ms Patel’s repeated promises to make the perilous passage of the English Channel “unviable,” crossings have increased.
In three days this week, nearly 600 migrants attempting to cross the Channel were apprehended.
Ms Patel’s letter was sent on Saturday in response to a viral video broadcast on TikTok that claimed to show a gang of men crossing the Channel in a dinghy, according to the Home Office.
People smugglers use similar posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to encourage crossings to desperate migrants, according to the Home Office.
“Posts that glorify and even glamourize these lethal crossings are completely unacceptable,” Ms Patel said. They incite others to flee a safe European country and jeopardize their own and their families’ lives, and they are even utilized by people traffickers to promote their deadly trade.
“What these posts don’t mention are the people who have perished attempting this passage, or others who have been forced to spend 13 hours in unsafe boats in frigid waters.
“While social media firms have made headway in removing these heinous posts in collaboration with the National Crime Agency, they must act quickly and aggressively to remove content relating to illegal crossings before more men, women, and children perish in the Channel. Before it’s too late, now is the moment to act.”
Meanwhile, the UK Border Force reportedly intercepted migrants attempting to cross the English Channel in French waters and transported them to Dover, according to the Home Office.
According to the Daily Mail, the action was planned by senior crew members of the HMC Valiant and the French patrol ship Athos last Saturday.
The Home Office verified that the French authorities handled with recent crossings. (This is a brief piece.)