Facebook and Twitter are facing growing pressure from UK lawmakers over the security of their social media platforms.
The issue of Facebook and its security was raised during a meeting in the Commons this week when lawmakers debated the future of the UK’s two largest internet companies.
The debate centred on Twitter’s relationship with law enforcement, as well as concerns over the safety of users accessing the platforms.
As part of the debate, Facebook said it would remove its app from the UK due to concerns over how it handles content, particularly from the Russian state.
The company said that “users and groups have access to the content they post, but that content can also be shared in ways that would be impossible if it were not for the tools they use to protect themselves”.
Twitter said that the company would not be removing the app from its app store.
“We are working with law-enforcement agencies and other users to ensure our services remain safe,” a spokesperson for Twitter told The Verge.
“Users are always encouraged to share content with each other on Twitter or other social media, and we are committed to working with all users to protect their content.”
Lawmakers, including Labour MP Chris Bryant, have called for a public inquiry into the use of social media by Russia.
The Facebook app is used by around 1.6 billion people in the UK, with around half of those using it for news, updates, and other personal content.