May And Macron Plan Joint Crackdown On Online Terror

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 13: French President Emmanuel Macron makes a statement next to British Prime Minister Theresa May during a joint press conference after a working dinner at the Elysee Presidential Palace on June 13, 2017 in Paris, France. May met Macron to discuss the fight against radicalization and terrorism. They will then go to the stadium of France to pay tribute to the victims of the recent terrorist attacks of London and Manchester before the start of the match of football France-England. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron launched a joint campaign to tackle online radicalisation, a personal priority of the prime minister from her time as home secretary and a comfortable agenda for the pair to agree upon before Brexit negotiations begin next week.

In particular, the two say they intend to create a new legal liability for tech companies if they fail to remove inflammatory content, which could include penalties such as fines.

May said the need to tackle to radicalisation online was a priority for both countries. “The counter-terrorism cooperation between British and French intelligence agencies is already strong, but President Macron and I agree that more should be done to tackle the terrorist threat online,” she said. “In the UK we are already working with social media companies to halt the spread of extremist material and poisonous propaganda that is warping young minds. We are united in our total condemnation of terrorism and our commitment to stamp out this evil.” Read more at The Guardian.




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