In their declaration, the leaders said they were targeting "propaganda supporting terrorism and violent extremism
From left, Britain's PM Theresa May, President of the EU Council Donald Tusk, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian PM Paolo Gentiloni, France President Emmanuel Macron, and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau walk to their first meeting after the welcome ceremony of the leaders of the G7 countries summit in the Sicilian citadel of Taormina, Italy, Friday, May 26, 2017. photo: AP/Salvatore Cavalli, photo: AP/Salvatore Cavalli
26 of May 2017 18:37:24
TAORMINA – Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies on Friday put pressure on internet companies and social media sites to do more to stop the spread of "hateful ideology," appealing to their sense of social responsibility to more swiftly identify and remove terror propaganda.The measure signed by the seven nations' leaders was a show of solidarity with Britain following Monday's suicide bombing in Manchester, England that killed 22 outside a pop music concert. The Islamic State group claimed the attack, although authorities are working to establish the bombing suspect's ties to extremist organizations.British Prime Minister Theresa May said the leaders agreed that the threat posed by the Islamic State group "is evolving rather than disappearing.""As they lose ground in Iraq and Syria, foreign fighters are returning, and the group's hateful ideology is spreading online," May said. "Make no mistake, the fight is moving from the battlefield to the internet."She said terror propaganda is "warping young minds" and that she thinks technology companies both could do more and have the responsibility to act.