Cameron threatens messaging services in anti-terror campaign

During a campaign speech in Nottingham on Monday, Cameron suggested he would revive monitoring legislation. (File photo: Reuters)

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that extremists should not be able to communicate with eachother without intelligence agencies listening in, leading media outlets to speculate that messaging services such as WhatsApp and Snapchat could be blocked in the country.

During a campaign speech in Nottingham on Monday, Cameron suggested he would revive monitoring legislation – which was blocked by the Liberal Democrats – if he is successful in securing a majority vote in May.

“The powers that I believe we need, whether on communications data or on the content of communications, I am very comfortable that those are absolutely right for a modern, liberal democracy,” he said.

“If I am prime minister, I will make sure we do not allow terrorists safe space to communicate with each other.”

The prime minister further noted: “Are we going to allow a means of communications which it simply isn’t possible to read?

“My answer to that question is: ‘No, we must not’.”

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