Facebook and Twitter Under Pressure at G7 Terrorist Session
British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a joint session on counter-terrorism, where she discussed the “battlefield of the internet.”
She called for measures that will force internet giants like Facebook and Twitter to deal with extremist literature and recruitment online.
Suggestions included developing tools to identify and remove harmful materials, ordering firms to report such materials to authorities when they are published, and to revise the definition of dangerous online material.
“The prime minister will say that the threat we face is evolving rather than disappearing as [Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL)] loses ground in Iraq and Syria.
“The fight is moving from the battlefield to the internet,” a senior government source told the Guardian.
Her speech at the G7 summit in Sicily on Friday followed a campaign address made by Jeremy Corbyn, in which the Labour leader linked Britain’s foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa with the rise of domestic terrorism.
May wasted no time returning to campaign mode when asked about Corbyn’s controversial comments.
“There can never ever be an excuse for terrorism and there is no excuse for what happened in Manchester,” May said.
She addressed the British public with a clear choice on election day: A vote for someone who “works tirelessly for the British people and their interests” or a vote for Jeremy Corbyn, who is “frankly not up to the task.”
UK authorities have arrested another suspect in the “fast moving investigation” into the terrorist attack on the Manchester Arena, bringing the total number of arrests to 11 – with nine men still in custody.
Greater Manchester Police arrested the man on Friday evening in connection with Monday’s bombing which killed 22 people following Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester.
“This evening we have arrested a 44-year-old man in the Rusholme area,” police said in a statement.
“As it stands eleven people have in total have been arrested in connection with the investigation,” police added.
Authorities are keeping an “open mind” as the “fast-moving” investigation continues, the police added.