G7 demands internet giants crack down on extremist content

Elias Hubbard
June 4, 2017

May wants internet companies to develop tools to automatically identify and remove harmful material, based on what it contains and who posted it.

May, a former interior minister, will also reiterate that companies should "tell the authorities when they identify harmful material so action can be taken".

One prosecution was recently brought against such a fighter in Turkey, and Britain now wants help from local authorities for more prosecutions in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, a British government spokesperson said as the G7 countries met in Sicily. "It's obviously in the past been linked to acts of violence and the less of this material that is on the internet, clearly that is for the better".

May would also like to see tech firms revising the current conditions and industry guidelines to clarify what is defined as harmful material.

Mrs May has already made clear she intends to curtail her visit to the G7 in the wake of the Manchester attacks.

The speech is expected mid-afternoon on Friday.

BBC deputy political editor John Pienaar said Mr Corbyn's speech about United Kingdom foreign policy, questions about police cuts and criticism of the government's counter-extremism Prevent strategy were all likely to feed into the election debate as the truce draws to an end.

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He said work was now ongoing with officials around the world and with technology giants such as Facebook and YouTube on the issue.

Addressing a small group of powerful counterparts, including Donald Trump and new French president, Emmanuel Macron, May will argue that more has to be done to tackle the threat posed by extremist content online in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack.

Terrorists have been able to utilise social media and messaging platforms to mobilise through the sharing of information to encourage lone wolf attackers and terrorist cells, both by inciting extremism and by giving guidance on how to carry out grievous attacks.

Mrs May added that co-operation from G7 and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would "enable us to work more closely together as we work to defeat the evil of terrorism".

He will say that "many experts. have pointed to the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home".

Downing Street said Mrs May and Mr Trump had noted there had been "strong agreement" in discussions so far that the G7 should do more collectively on counter-terrorism.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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