Theresa May: Online extremism 'must be tackled'

Theresa Might will urge world leaders to do extra to fight on-line extremism, saying the battle towards so-called Islamic State is “shifting from the battlefield to the web”.

Talking about counter-terrorism on the G7 summit in Sicily, the PM will say extra stress needs to be placed on tech corporations to take away excessive materials.

They need to report such content material to the authorities, she believes.

Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn is to say the “battle on terror” shouldn’t be working.

Twenty-two folks had been killed and 116 injured when a suicide bomber targeted an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Enviornment on Monday night.

Mrs Might is anticipated to concentrate on on-line extremism when she chairs a counter-terrorism session on the summit in Italy.

Talking to reporters exterior Downing Avenue, she mentioned she would lead a dialogue on find out how to “work collectively to forestall the plotting of terrorist assaults on-line and to cease the unfold of hateful extremist ideology on social media”.

Mrs Might added that co-operation from G7 and Nato would “allow us to work extra carefully collectively as we work to defeat the evil of terrorism”.

As Islamic State militants lose floor, the menace is “evolving slightly than disappearing”, she’s going to say, including that the trade has a “social duty” to do extra to take down dangerous content material.

She’s going to acknowledge the trade has been taking motion to take away extremist content material, however will say it has not gone far sufficient and must do extra.

And she’s going to name for a world discussion board to develop the technique of intervening the place hazard is detected, and for corporations to develop instruments which mechanically determine and take away dangerous materials primarily based on what it incorporates and who posted it.

French President Emmanuel Macron vowed France’s complete assist for Britain’s battle towards terrorism as he met Mrs Might on the summit.

“We might be right here to cooperate and do every part we are able to with a view to enhance this cooperation on the European degree, with a view to do extra from a bilateral standpoint towards terrorism,” he advised her, of their first formal assembly since he took workplace.

Safety minister Ben Wallace advised the Right this moment programme using on-line communications was “one of many greatest challenges” within the battle towards terrorism, with encryption making it “nearly not possible for us to truly raise the lid on these folks”.

“And the size of it isn’t simply the UK, it’s throughout the entire of Europe, internationally.”

He mentioned the large American tech corporations like Fb and Google may very well be doing extra.

“We’re decided to not let these folks off the hook with the duty they’ve in broadcasting some horrendous [material], not solely manuals about find out how to make bombs, but in addition grooming supplies,” he mentioned.

“All of us assume they might all do extra… we have to have the instruments to make them, the place we have to, take away materials faster.”

Google mentioned it was dedicated to creating a world discussion board designed to deal with excessive content material on-line, to ensure “terrorists don’t have a voice on-line”.

“We make use of hundreds of individuals and make investments lots of of thousands and thousands of kilos to battle abuse on our platforms, and can proceed investing and adapting to make sure we’re a part of the answer to addressing these challenges,” it added.

In the meantime, Labour have attacked the federal government on police numbers, the jail service and international coverage.

Mr Corbyn promised a “change at house and alter overseas” if Labour wins energy.

He says the UK “can’t be protected and cared for on a budget” , and that “the battle on terror shouldn’t be working, we’d like a wiser strategy to scale back the menace from international locations that nurture terrorists and generate terrorism”.

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