Here is an interesting response from HMRC to an FOI request made by someone (not me):
" Dear F. ThompsonFair enough to eliminate accounts that are scams and threats, so long as non threatening/non illegal accounts aren't also targetted.
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)
Thank you for your request, which was received on 23 April, for the following information: “Has HMRC ever asked Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or any other popular Social Media platforms to remove posts or block accounts from third parties, either via the providers built-in tools or other channels?. If so, please provide high level details.”
We can confirm HMRC holds information within scope of your request. We have taken action to remove 30 instances of inappropriate HMRC related content on social media sites. HMRC takes proactive and reactive action to tackle online threats, including requesting social media platforms to remove and/or block specific confusing, misleading or illegal HMRC related content, through existing relations and built in reporting tools.
In addition to monitoring and requesting removal/blocking of inappropriate HMRC related content on social media sites we have recovered over 140 websites infringing the HMRC brand including those which host low value services such as cal connection sites, saving customers in excess of £2.4 million in charges to date. We promote awareness of HMRC related scams in the press, including recent appearances on BBC Breakfast television, social media posts and press releases on scams taken up by a range of nationwide news outlets.
We have also taken proactive action to report abusive content directed to HMRC staff, which is unacceptable on any social media platform. We never ask for material to be removed simply because it’s critical of HMRC.""
Tax does have to be taxing.
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