Theresa May and French president agree to create laws to punish failure to remove jihadist propaganda from websites

Technology companies such as Google and Facebook must do more to curb the “poisonous propaganda” that fuels terror attacks such as the atrocities in London and Manchester, the prime minister has said, launching a UK-French pact to explore new ways to curb the spread of online hate.

At a bilateral meeting in Paris on Tuesday, both French president Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May agreed to explore creating a new legal liability for tech companies if they fail to remove inflammatory content, which could include penalties such as fines.

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