A former European policy manager for Facebook, Luc Delany, told BBC Radio Four's Today programme the report had failed to look at more than a decade of work the industry had done with police and successive governments on the problem. He said: "It bashes companies and gets a few big headlines for the committee but the solutions proposed don't really play out in reality." However, committee member and Labour MP Naz Shah disagreed: "It's not headline-grabbing when people are making money off terrorist content, headline grabbing when we've got child abuse online. "Not working fast enough is not acceptable to the committee, to myself or anybody quite frankly." Ms Shah suggested that internet companies giving money to the Met's counter-terrorism unit would be similar to football clubs contributing to the cost of policing matches. But Mr Delany rejected this, adding a football stadium was a "fixed place" with "one obvious and historic type of behaviour" whereas social media companies had hundreds of millions of users and hours of content.
Luc Delany, chief executive officer of International Social Games Association, a social gaming trade group, said he does not consider social casino games “to be gambling at all.” People who play slots and other games online clearly understand the difference between online social gaming, a growing trend in the casino industry, and actual casino gambling, he said. “The online casino games take their inspiration from real money games,” he said. “But we think people enjoy them because they don’t take any actual risk of losing money when they play online.”
Some have lost large amounts of customers’ data, either by accident or because they have been hacked. The records of more than 100m customers each were stolen from Sony and Target. But Luc Delany, a former Facebook employee who now works as a consultant, points out that companies have a strong incentive to get it right. If people lose trust in a business, the brand will suffer. Companies are walking a fine line, trying to meet the authorities’ requests for information but being open about it (see chart 4). Apple, for one, revealed last year that it had received requests for information from 31 governments.