Paris conference to seek curbs on internet terror

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will call for governments and technology companies to work together to prevent terrorist material being shared online.

Mrs May will speak at a Paris summit on online extremism, called after the Christchurch mosque attacks in March.

The gunman live-streamed the attacks in New Zealand, where 51 people died.

Mrs May said the fact that Facebook had to remove 1.5 million copies of the video was “a stark reminder that we need to do more”.

Speaking ahead of the summit, the prime minister said the tactic of live-streaming attacks “exposed gaps in our response and the need to keep pace with rapidly changing technological developments”.

She said: “My message to governments and internet companies in Paris will be that we must work together and harness our combined technical abilities to stop any sharing of hateful content of this kind.”

The summit, chaired by French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, aims to co-ordinate international efforts to stop social media being used to organise and promote terrorism.

Political leaders from Europe, Canada and the Middle East will meet senior representatives from companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter, as well as issuing a joint “call to action” to eliminate terrorist material.

Meanwhile, Facebook has announced it plans to tighten rules on live-streaming, banning people who have infringed its policies from using the feature.

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