Martin Lewis defends his 'fruity language' in parliament

Watch below: Martin Lewis explains use of 'fruity language' in the House of Commons

Martin Lewis has defended his use of 'fruity language' while addressing MPs on the subject of online harms and disinformation.

The broadcaster and consumer advocate has been a longtime critic of tech companies who do not do enough to prevent fraud on their services.

Speaking in the digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) sub-committee on online harms and disinformation on 29 November, Lewis remarked how he was still 'very disappointed' in Facebook with the rate of scams on the website three years after he won a settlement against the company that resulted in them setting up a new scam prevention programme.

Lewis went on to describe a meeting he had with various tech companies where he told them he wasn't "interested in technological b*******."

Martin Lewis and Susanna Reid hosting Good Morning Britain. (Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)
Martin Lewis and Susanna Reid hosting Good Morning Britain. (ITV/Shutterstock)

The clip of Lewis was later played in Good Morning Britain which he was co-hosting with Susanna Reid.

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Reid joked: "We took out the fruity language."

Lewis then explained his anger towards the tech companies: "The big tech companies are the biggest and most profitable in the world, they make billions of pounds, and yet I believe they have been weak and flaccid at stopping vulnerable people being ripped off in scam adverts that destroy lives, that lead some people to consider taking their own life, that have huge mental health impacts as well as destroying people’s financial lives."

Martin Lewis gave evidence about online scams. (ITV)
Martin Lewis gave evidence about online scams. (ITV)

He added: "My fruity language was a bit of anger."

Earlier this year, Lewis was vocally critical of the government and their handling of the economy, using his winner's speech at the National Television Awards to discuss rising costs across Britain.

Martin Lewis is the host of The Martin Lewis Money Show Live. (ITV)
Martin Lewis is the host of The Martin Lewis Money Show Live. (ITV)

He said: ‘It’s been a pretty horrible year financially. "I mean, the energy crisis has been disastrous and left many people with terrible issues and mental health problems.

"I’m afraid the next year with the mortgage problem and the knock-on to rent is going to be pretty bad. And you know what? We need somebody to get a grip on the economy and put things a little bit back."

Lewis is currently co-hosting Good Morning Britain alongside Reid every day until Christmas.

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