The leaders of some European countries hardest hit by recent militant attacks use this week's U.N. general assembly to corner representatives from the likes of Facebook and Google over efforts to combat extremism online. Matthew Larotonda reports.
The leaders of some of the European countries hardest hit by recent militant attacks will use the setting of this week's U.N. general assembly to tell internet giants that their efforts to combat extremism online aren't enough. Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and Google are all in attendance at the gathering in New York. Where Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron will tell them on the sidelines that they need to isolate and remove what they call "terrorist content" from their platforms within two hours of its first appearance. That according to the British government, which says the two hour period is when the content is spread the furthest. It's not clear exactly what the leaders will do if the corporations don't comply. But the European Union has already threatened legislation if they don't step up. Pressure from Europe and the United States pushed some of these firms into creating a joint forum between them to explore the issue last June. And Twitter has said it purged almost 300,000 extremist accounts in the first half this year, although it's a 20 percent decline from prior six months. The Italian prime minister, Paolo Gentiloni will also join May and Macron. The wave of recent attacks in Europe has so far spared Italy, but a significant number of arrests and investigations have been linked to the country.