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Social media platforms could face fines for extremist posts

CONSEQUENCES: Social media platforms

SOCIAL MEDIA platforms such as Facebook and Twitter could face fines if they fail to remove extremist propaganda and terrorist material under proposals agreed by the UK and French governments.

The two countries are to develop plans to create a new legal liability for tech firms which fail to take action against unacceptable content on their platforms.

They will also lead work with internet giants to explore the potential for new tools to identify and remove harmful material automatically.

Speaking ahead of a visit to French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Tuesday (June 13), Theresa May said the countries were determined to ensure the internet could not be used as a safe space for terrorists and criminals.

She said: "The counter-terrorism co-operation between British and French intelligence agencies is already strong, but President Macron and I agree that more should be done to tackle the terrorist threat online.

"In the UK we are already working with social media companies to halt the spread of extremist material and poisonous propaganda that is warping young minds.

"And today I can announce that the UK and France will work together to encourage corporations to do more and abide by their social responsibility to step up their efforts to remove harmful content from their networks, including exploring the possibility of creating a new legal liability for tech companies if they fail to remove unacceptable content.

"We are united in our total condemnation of terrorism and our commitment to stamp out this evil."

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