Theresa May warns world leaders to force social media giants to take down ‘vile’ terror content within 60 minutes

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SOCIAL media giants must be forced to take down “vile” terror content within sixty minutes, Theresa May will warn world leaders.

The Prime Minister is demanding more pressure being applied to big tech firms to reduce the availability of online hate.

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Theresa May will urge world leaders to force social media giants to be more robust in dealing with net propaganda at the G20 Summit in Japan[/caption]

She will use her farewell appearance at a major summit to appeal to companies such as Facebook and YouTube to be more robust in stopping net propaganda.

The out-going PM will also try to ensure new content including live-streaming, as seen in the Christchurch terror attack, is stopped from being made available.

Internet companies will also be warned to develop technology to prevent material being re-uploaded to platforms.

Ahead of the G20 meeting in Osaka, Japan, she says that only through “international cooperation and compromise that we can protect our citizens’ security”.

She adds: “The UK has never been afraid to defend our values and our interests, stand up for global rules and tackle difficult issues head on.”

Sanctions must be significant to influence the actions of the big companies that so many of these online entities now are


Jeremy Wright

Her call comes after US President Donald Trump refused to join the Christchurch Call where governments and firms pledged to tackle extremist material – following the New Zealand mosque attacks in March leaving 51 dead.

Her new demand comes after she appealed at the UN in September 2017 for internet giants to be given a two hour window to remove hate content.

The big tech firms also including Google and Microsoft signed an accord within weeks to remove jihadist content within the time-frame.

Britain is a global leader in cracking down on harmful content and will use legislation to fine or even block tech giants for not removing disturbing material.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has warned the tech firms that if they don’t comply duty of care plans they will face huge fines.

‘STRONGER TOGETHER’

Speaking to the NSPCC, he said: “Sanctions must be significant to influence the actions of the big international companies that so many of these online entities now are.

“Significant in terms of the scale of fines, but also in other penalties and we will consider individual director liability or site blocking.”

Meanwhile. Mrs May will also use the summit asking for leaders to do more to tackle climate change citing her move to enshrine a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

She tackled the subject with US President Donald Trump on his State Visit to the UK earlier this month.

America will pull out of the Paris climate change accord next year after Mr Trump said it was bad for the US economy.

Our priority should be the urgent de-escalation of tensions and we need to find a diplomatic solution to the current situation


Theresa May

Mrs May said: “Undoubtedly there are issues facing us today on which our countries do not all take the same approach.

“But I firmly believe that progress will be greatest when we approach shared challenges in a spirit of genuine collaboration.

“As we have seen time and time again – we are always stronger when we work together.”

A senior government official added: “The PM will use her final G20 to underline the need for international cooperation and compromise in addressing the global challenges that we face.”

Theresa May will also call on the international community to “stand together” against Iran’s destabilising activity in the region.


Iran has been accused of shooting down a US surveillance drone and behind two sets pf explosions on oil tankers in the region.

Mrs May said: “Our priority should be the urgent de-escalation of tensions and we need to find a diplomatic solution to the current situation.”

Mr Trump will also meet Chinese President Xi Jinping as both face pressure to resolve the ongoing trade war between the countries.

The Christchurch gunman, Brenton Tarrant, filmed the tragedy using Facebook’s live-streaming feature

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Visitors look on as Muslims attend Friday prayers in a park near Al Noor Mosque on March 22, 2019, where 51 people were killed[/caption]

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Theresa May will use her farewell appearance at the summit to appeal to tech companies such as Youtube[/caption]

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