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UK PM calls on Internet companies to remove terrorist content more efficiently

[JURIST] British Prime Minister Theresa May [official profile] told the UN General Assembly [official website] Wednesday that Internet companies must increase efforts to remove terrorist content from their online sites to prevent widespread distribution.

While May acknowledged [Reuters report] the efforts made thus far, she highlighted increasing efforts from terrorist groups to disseminate propaganda in a quicker fashion. May has urged companies to remove terrorist content within one to two hours since such time is usually when the most material spreads.

Later on Wednesday, May, along with French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, will directly address the matter to Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Twitter, members of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism [Twitter backgrounder]. Representatives from these companies are expected to speak on their behalf during the meeting. The companies have expressed a need for feedback from the government, civil society and the private sector in order to strengthen their efforts against terrorist content distribution. The companies are expected [BBC report] to report their progress in the matter during a G7 meeting scheduled for late October.

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