Donald Trump: 'We must close areas of internet because 'Isis are better at it than we are'

Donald Trump suggests closing areas of the internet at the December presidential debateReuters

Donald Trump has again asked for parts of the internet to be shut down, in an attempt to stop Islamic State (Isis). During a televised presidential debate from Las Vegas, the Republican candidate called for "areas" of the internet "where we are at war with somebody" to be closed.

Trump claimed IS (Daesh) is using the internet "better than we are, and it was our idea." He believes the solution is to penetrate the internet, find out what IS is doing with it, and close certain parts of it down.

Here is the full exchange between Trump and debate host Wolf Blitzer:

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The Republican candidate added that he "would certainly be open to closing areas where we are at war with somebody," adding: "I sure as hell don't want to let people that want to kill us and kill our nation use our internet."

It isn't clear what areas of the internet Trump suggests be shut down, or how he plans on doing this, and if these actions would be temporary or permanent. One may assume he is referring to Daesh's use of the dark web to spread propaganda about its war against the US and the West, although Trump is yet to mention the dark web specifically.

Trump recently suggested asking Bill Gates to close up parts of the internet to help in the fight against IS. He said that "closing that internet up in some way" would prevent acts of domestic terrorism in the US.

Trump said at the time: "We're losing a lot of people because of the internet. We have to see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what's happening. We have to talk to them about, maybe in certain cases, closing that internet up in some ways. Somebody will say, 'Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.' These are foolish people."

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