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George Galloway calls for sanctions against Twitter

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George Galloway has called for the UK government to impose sanctions on Twitter unless it co-operates with the authorities on the detection of crime.

The Respect MP described the microblogging service's failure to hand information to police as "reprehensible" and accused it of being focused solely on profit, The Daily Telegraph reports.

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"Twitter is a US-based enterprise whose primary motivation is to maximise its profits," he said, adding that the coalition must "impose sanctions on Twitter until it agrees to fully co-operate with the UK authorities and police in the detection of crime".

Former Celebrity Big Brother contestant Galloway is himself a prolific Twitter user, with more than 116,000 followers on his @georgegalloway account.

Galloway is no stranger to controversy, a recent example being his defence of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange against allegations of rape, when he appeared to suggest that Assange was guilty only of "bad sexual etiquette".

The MP's early-day motion against Twitter has attracted support from Labour backbencher Alan Meale.

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