G7 backs internet industry effort to detect, blunt extremism

October 20, 2017 - 12:52 pm

ISCHIA, Italy (AP) — The Group of Seven industrialized nations have thrown their support behind a new technology industry alliance aimed at detecting and blunting online propaganda to combat extremism on the internet.

G7 interior ministers meeting in Italy invited industry representatives to a session Friday dedicated to the fight against terrorism.

In a final communique, the ministers agreed the industry's Global Internet Forum had a "major role" to play in countering online radicalization and terrorism.

The G7 has pressed companies such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter to do more to eliminate extremist content.

Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti said "a great alliance" had been formed between governments and major internet providers.

Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said: "Our enemies are moving at the speed of a tweet, so we have to counter them just as quickly."

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