Re: Mage Communications service providers have a critical role
"are insisting on the court process preceding the take-down..."
Yes. That's how our law is intended to work. Do you, by way of analogy, agree with the way DMCA takedowns occur on YouTube? i.e. the takedown happens if any complaint is received, regardless of source (including ones generated by bots using algorithms), and then the channel owner has the right to appeal against it? Should this be how our law works across the board? We *think* you burgled that house, so you're arrested, stuck in jail, assumed guilty but may *appeal* your innocence? That idea of law doesn't belong in the UK or any "progressive" country surely.
"4000 take-downs a month and the problem is increasing?"
Evidence please, rather than hearsay from those under scrutiny or other vested interests. Should be a simple matter to ask the courts, in their capacity as an independent power, to release a verified count of cases without revealing any details at all. Of course, if these takedown occurred without judicial oversight then there would be no such record. And no legal process.
"Wrong because the Police do not need to wait for a crime to happen, they can act to prevent crime without interfering with the assumption of innocence."
Actually, according to the head of MI5, this is not the case. In a recent interview on Radio 4, when questioned about the Rigby case, he noted that the intelligence services had Adubwale under surveillance for some time before the attack was carried out, but they could not act as Adubwale had not committed any crime or infringement he could be held for. So, either you're wrong, or the head of MI5 lied, live, on air, to the nation.