Baroness Williams, the UK's minister of state for countering extremism, on Tuesday said the world faced an unprecedented threat from extremists and that the Internet was enabling them to spread their ideologies and gave them access into every family.
Britain will "act decisively" to disrupt extremist activity where its legal thresholds are broken and where individuals cross the line by inciting hatred or violence, she said. She, however, noted that the UK did not consider extremism and terrorism as the same thing.
"Of course, extremists use narratives to tragically radicalise young Britons to join terrorist groups like Daesh (ISIS). But radicalisation into terrorism is not the only harm of extremism," she said.
Williams was delivering an address at an Observer Research Foundation (ORF) conference on "Tackling Insurgent Ideologies".
While defining extremism, she termed it as the vocal and active opposition to the UK's fundamental values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.