PM urges tech firms to tackle online terrorist content

Prime Minister Theresa May is today expected to use the G20 Summit to call for greater cooperation from social media and tech companies in stopping the online broadcast of atrocities.

May will use the session on Innovation, Digital Economy and Artificial Intelligence to highlight a new crisis response mechanism which is being developed by technology companies and supported by the UK as part of the Christchurch Call.

This will ensure that companies have established networks of 'online first responders', which are directly linked to those at the heart of international governments’ counterterrorism units and law enforcement agencies.

It is hoped that these connections will allow companies to more rapidly stop the spread of terrorist or violent extremist content following any attack in coordination with each other. The crisis hotline would be used, for example, to share digital fingerprints which allow companies to prevent the re-upload of existing terrorist content onto their platforms.

The PM will say that, most urgently, governments and industry must work quickly to establish the crisis response mechanism -- building on what was started through the Global Internet Forum to Counter-Terrorism.

GIFCT was created in the aftermath of the Westminster terror attack. The companies involved include Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft and over 100 smaller platforms.

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