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G7 calls on internet companies to boost efforts to remove extremist content
May 26, 2017 / 4:56 PM / 7 months ago

G7 calls on internet companies to boost efforts to remove extremist content

TAORMINA, Italy (Reuters) - The world’s seven major industrialised nations on Friday called on internet service providers and social media to increase their efforts to remove extremist content, four days after an Islamist suicide bomber killed 22 in Manchester.

From L-R, European Council President Donald Tusk, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Donald Trump, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker pose for a family photo during the G7 Summit in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, May 26, 2017. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

“We will combat the misuse of the Internet by terrorists. While being one of the most important technological achievements in the last decades, the Internet has also proven to be a powerful tool for terrorist purposes,” said a joint statement signed by G7 leaders meeting in Sicily.

“The G7 calls for Communication Service Providers and social media companies to substantially increase their efforts to address terrorist content,” the statement added.

Reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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