May and Macron to target internet giants over "poisonous" online extremism

Owen Stevens
June 14, 2017

President Emmanuel Macron's fledgling party is set to trounce France's traditional main parties in a parliamentary election and secure a huge majority to push through his pro-business reforms, projections after the first round showed on Sunday (11 June).

Home secretary Amber Rudd and Macron's interior minister, Gérard Collomb, are to meet in the coming days to work out details of the initiative.

Priorities include looking into encrypted communication platforms used by extremists to evade security forces and new laws to impose penalities on internet companies which fail to remove offensive content.

Making her first foreign visit since last Thursday's election when May saw her Conservatives' slim majority disappear after what several sources called "an terrible campaign", May was more upbeat after winning a stay of execution from her party.

British officials had previously suggested they wouldn't be able to formally start Brexit negotiations as scheduled.

May said the United Kingdom was determined to "halt the spread of extremist material and poisonous propaganda that is warping young minds".

With Macron by her side, May said the two nations will do more to "stamp out this evil" of terrorism.

The talks Tuesday also focused heavily on deepening counterterrorism cooperation, especially reducing extremist propaganda circulated online.

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Standing alongside Theresa May after talks in Paris, he said: "Until the negotiations come to an end, of course there is always the possibility to re-open the door".

May said major internet companies have failed to live up to prior commitments to do more to prevent extremists from finding a "safe space" online.

After the terrorist attack that killed seven people in London on June 3, May accused US tech companies of not having done enough to weed out extremists in cyberspace.

Tackling terrorism and rooting out extremism are the biggest challenges the two countries face, Mrs May said, referring to recent terror attacks in London, Manchester, and France.

The band of the French Republican Guard also played Oasis's Don't Look Back in Anger - which became an anthem of solidarity with Manchester in the wake of the attack at last month's Ariana Grande concert - as England fans sang along with arms spread.

The Prime Minister has given a joint press conference with the French President in Paris before the pair go to watch England play France at football.

The joint initiative will see Britain and France "encourage corporations to do more and abide by their social responsibility to step up their efforts to remove harmful content from their networks".

May has been holding talks with Macron in Paris.

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