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May, Macron target extreme material online

Press Association logoPress Association 12/06/2017 By Andrew Woodcock, Press Association Political Editor

Social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter could be fined if they fail to remove extremist propaganda and terrorist material under proposals agreed by British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Speaking ahead of a visit to Paris on Tuesday and after a series of jihadi attacks in Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge, May said she and the president were determined to ensure the internet could not be used as a safe space for terrorists and criminals.

The UK and France are to develop plans to create a new legal liability for tech companies which fail to take action against unacceptable content on their platforms.

The two countries are to lead joint work with internet giants to explore the potential for new tools to identify and remove harmful material automatically.

May's visit comes just days after legislative elections in France which appear to have delivered Macron's En Marche party an overwhelming dominance in parliament, just as the UK General Election deprived the Prime Minister of her own Commons majority.

After talks and a working dinner at the Elysee Palace, the pair will travel to the Stade de France to watch England take on France in a friendly football international.

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