Prime Minister Calls for Internet Companies to do More to Stop Terrorist Content

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has called for on-line companies to do more to prevent the spread of terrorist content. May is today co-hosting a meeting at the UN General Assembly in New York along with the French and Italian leaders.

The Prime Minister will say at the meeting:

“Terrorist groups are aware that links to their propaganda are being removed more quickly, and are placing a greater emphasis on disseminating content at speed in order to stay ahead.

Industry needs to go further and faster in automating the detection and removal of terrorist content online, and developing technological solutions which prevent it being uploaded in the first place”.

The Prime Minister said in advance of the meeting:

“We need a fundamental shift in the scale and nature of our response – both from industry and governments – if we are to match the evolving nature of terrorists’ use of the internet. I call on others to join the UK, France, and Italy in pledging their support for this approach.

This is a global problem that transcends national interests. Governments must work with and support the efforts of industry and civil society if we are to achieve real and continuing progress and prevent the spread of extremism and terrorist use of cyberspace. In order to succeed, we must be united in our determination to fight terrorist exploitation of the internet”.