Donald Trump has called for the internet to be turned off so that children can no longer use it.

The presidential hopeful said that “We’ve got to maybe do something with the internet,” because it was being used to radicalise people. He said that he would “see Bill Gates” so that he could look into “closing it up”.

Speaking at the same event where he called for a “complete shutdown” on Muslims entering the US, Mr Trump laid out a rough plan for stopping the influence of Isis.

"We have to go 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 areas, closing that Internet up in some way."

ISIS has been known for recruiting members online. After the Paris terror attacks, concerns over terrorists using encrypted software led messaging app Telegram to shut down ISIS-related channels.

Still, no other presidential candidate or intelligence official has advocated for "closing" the Internet -- and it's unclear what such an action would mean for a technology that underlies much of the modern economy.

Trump continued, "Somebody will say, 'Oh, freedom of speech, freedom of speech.' These are foolish people."


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