UK and France Agree to Fine Facebook and Twitter if Social Networks Fail to Remove Extremist Materials

Popular social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter have become center of discussions after the networks started played key roles to spread fake news and extremism. Despite their best efforts, the social media networks are often slow to remove such contents. In order to force the platforms to act faster, both British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron have agree on several proposals.

This latest news comes after UK suffered its third terrorist attack in last four months and British Prime Minister on Tuesday said that they are determined to make internet safer for general citizens. If the proposals indeed go through, then both United Kingdom and France will have new laws forcing tech companies to take action against terrorists and criminals.

Theresa May said that the companies aren’t doing their best to fight extremism. She said, “We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed. Yet, that is precisely what the internet and the big companies that provide internet-based services provide.”

Earlier on Weekend, Australian Attorney-General George Brandis told Sky News that although the tech companies are willing to put effort, there is still need of putting legal laws to make internet a safer place. he said, “There’s a growing awareness by the companies of the reputational harm they suffer, or they would suffer, if they are seen to be not doing everything that they can to assist with law enforcement and intelligence agencies to thwart the use of their systems by terrorists.”

“I think where the community is at the moment is to prioritize their concern about giving law enforcement and intelligence agencies the tools they need to thwart terrorism, and everyone knows that the internet and cyberspace are important vectors for terrorists.”

 

Although several other countries including EU already have similar laws, the social networks are still failing to act swiftly. Earlier last month, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the company will hire addition 3,000 staffs to monitor the contents to ensure that the network isn’t being used to promote fake news and extreme contents.

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