Reporting online terrorist content

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The internet is used by some people to promote, glorify or help carry out acts of terrorism and violent extremism.

The public can now report online content they suspect may be of a violent extremist or terrorist nature direct to a specialist police unit.

Members of the public who come across suspicious internet sites, chat rooms or other web-based forums can now report their concerns online at Directgov's terrorism page, the link to which can be found in the related links section of this page.

Some examples of illegal terrorist or extremist content include:

  • Speeches or essays calling for racial or religious violence.
  • Videos of violence with messages of ‘glorification’ or praise for terrorists. 
  • Postings inciting people to commit acts of terrorism or violent extremism.
  • Messages intended to stir up hatred against any religious or ethnic group. 
  • Bomb-making instructions.

Specialist officers will asses the information, and where appropriate investigate the website or work with partners to remove it.

If you come across terrorist or violent extremist content online that you think might be illegal, let the police know. All reports are anonymous, and should only take a few minutes to complete. All you need is the web address (also called the ‘URL’) of the website.

In an emergency, you should always call 999.

You can also call the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321.

Directgov has a dedicated webpage where you can report online terrorist content you think might be illegal, or which you find offensive, to a specialist police department.  The link can be found in the related links section.