TikTok urgently needs to weed out posts that glorify deadly migrant crossings, MPs demand

TIKTOK must urgently delete posts that glorify deadly channel crossings, MPs demanded.

Gangs of smugglers loot small boat slips on the popular platform – just days after six migrants drowned.

Smuggler gangs are beating up small boat spots on TikTok


Smuggler gangs are beating up small boat spots on TikTokPhoto credit: AFP

A post yesterday promised a “cheap price” and insisted traffickers were doing “very well” in bringing people into the UK.

Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith said the government should tell the company “either you remove these posts or you don’t operate here”.

He told The Sun: “What they are promoting is illegal.”

Marco Longhi, a Tory member on the Home Affairs Committee, added: “I am very disappointed that TikTok is not doing more to stop this in the first place.”

“Technology has advanced so much that where there’s a will, there’s a way.

“I expect the urgency of this matter to increase and it is possible that the government will feel the need to legislate further if it fails to get rid of these posts.”

TikTok recently joined a government partnership to crack down on the malicious trade — but apparently it’s failing to delete every post.

A migrant was helped on a beach yesterday after surviving crossing the English Channel in a small boat.

Around 50 people were collected by the RNLI outside Dungeness, Kent.


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