Internet chiefs told to curb Islamists online

Internet providers have been warned that the Government will force them to remove extremist material, as it emerged that a British hate preacher had influenced the man behind the attack on the Canadian parliament.

Senior British executives from Twitter, Google and Facebook were summoned to Downing Street on Thursday and told to do more to take action to curb the online activities of extremists.

The Daily Telegraph can disclose that the Home Office and Crown Prosecution Service are in talks about using court orders to ensure that internet providers such as

BT and Virgin immediately remove extremist propaganda.

The warning came as it transpired that Britain’s most high-profile radical Islamist preacher, Anjem Choudary, had influenced the man involved in the Ottawa attack.

Canadian police are investigating Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Muslim convert, as a suspect in the attacks in and around Canada’s parliament building on Wednesday in which a soldier was shot dead.

There were reports in Canada that Zehaf-Bibeau and another Islamic convert, Martin Ahmad Rouleau, had been influenced by Choudary. The radical cleric was one of nine men arrested last month by Scotland Yard officers as part of an investigation into Islamist terrorism…