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Tech Firms React to UK Leader's Call for Curbs

Representatives for Google and Twitter issued statements on Sunday

This October 20, 2015, file photo, shows a sign outside Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, photo: AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File
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LONDON — Social media giants Google and Twitter are responding to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s statement that internet companies are complicit in terror attacks by giving extremist views “the safe space it needs to breed.”

Representatives for the two companies issued statements on Sunday saying they’ve been working to improve the technology to identify and remove inappropriate content, including posts and files that are terror-related.

Nick Pickles, UK head of public policy at Twitter, said: “We continue to expand the use of technology as part of a systematic approach to removing this type of content.”

Google said, “We are committed to working in partnership with the government and NGOs to tackle these challenging and complex problems, and share the government’s commitment to ensuring terrorists do not have a voice online.”

London police haven’t said what role, if any, social media or information from the internet factored into Saturday night’s attack that killed seven people.

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