May require Internet companies to take measures against extremism

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Prime Minister Theresa may will call on major Internet companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter to take further tough measures to combat extremism on the Internet, including to remove extremist material within two hours, told RIA Novosti source familiar with the full text of the speech with which may will speak on Wednesday at a meeting on combating terrorism on the Internet, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

According to the source, otherwise the Prime Minister threatened companies with heavy fines.

«Terrorist groups know that links to their promotional materials removed now faster and pay more attention to the rapid dissemination of information to stay ahead. Therefore, the industry needs to take additional measures to speed up the response by automating the search and removal of extremist materials on the Internet, and developing technological solutions which will not allow the publication of such materials initially», — is spoken in common by the office of the Prime Minister the fragments of the text of the speech may.

«We need fundamental changes in the scale and nature of our response, both from industry and from governments, so we can take adequate measures in response to the evolving strategy of the terrorists. I encourage others to join Britain, France and Italy and to support this approach. This is a global problem that goes beyond national interests», — said the Prime Minister.

Currently, the removal of extremist materials takes about 36 hours.

Combating extremism on the Internet may have already put one of its main tasks. Over the past six months in the UK were five terrorist attacks. In June, the Prime Minister promised that the British government will be to fight extremism with new force, in particular, to achieve an international agreement on combating the spread of extremist information on the Internet, and with the tightening measures within the country.

In the Preface to the report published on the eve of the influential British research center Policy Exchange, ex-CIA chief General David Petraeus said that the recent terrorist attack in the London underground last Friday, is a reminder about the threat of online extremism: used an explosive device it was possible to assemble using the instructions on the Internet.

Petraeus, calling online extremism «tumor, eating away at society,» noted that neither governments nor Internet companies of not doing enough to combat the dissemination of extremist nature in the Internet. «Obviously, our efforts to combat extremism on the Internet is inadequate. In fact, I don’t think we made any «big ideas» needed to solve», — said the former head of the CIA.