The leaders of France and Britain have announced an anti-terror action plan to crack down on radicalisation through social media.
The announcement was made by French President Emmanuel Macron after having talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May. Both the countries agreed that social networks were not contributing enough to weed out extremist elements and put a stop to terror propaganda.
• One of the key measures of the action plan would be to prevent the incitement of “hate and terrorism” on the internet.
• Both France and UK agreed that more should be done to tackle the terrorist threat online.
• The main objective of the action plan is to ensure the internet cannot be used to host the radicalising material that leads to much harm.
• The British government has already started working with social media companies to halt the spread of extremist material and poisonous propaganda that aims to corrupt young minds.
• British Prime Minister Theresa May also confirmed the cooperation between the two nations by saying that the UK and France will be working together to encourage organisations to do more and abide by their social responsibility to step up their efforts to remove harmful content from their networks.
• Though no such parameter has been decided upon as yet, the campaign does explore the possibility of imposing legal penalties against the tech companies that fail to take the necessary action to remove unacceptable content from their social media site.
• The United Kingdom recently faced one of the most shocking terror incidents when a suicide bomber detonated explosives at a pop concert by American singer Ariana Grande on 22 May 2017 in Manchester, killing around 23 people including children and leaving over 100 injured.
• The incident followed by a knife and van attack in central London that left eight dead.
• France has been a constant target for jihadist attacks since 2015. First, it was a suicide bombing outside the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis during a football match, followed by mass shooting and suicide bombing at popular bars and restaurants in Paris.
• Some gunmen also carried out another mass shooting and took hostages at an Eagles of Death Metal concert in the Bataclan concert hall, leading to a stand-off with police.
• The incidents have left over 230 people dead and hundreds more injured.
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