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G7 Leaders Urge Tech Firms to Help Address Online Extremism

Leaders of Group of Seven member states have issued a joint declaration that calls for social networking sites and internet companies to stem the spread of terror propaganda, the Associated Press reported Friday.

State leaders signed the declaration Friday during the G7 Summit in Sicily, Italy, days after the Islamic State militant group-related suicide bombing attack in Manchester, England, that resulted in the death of 22 individuals.

Heads of the U.S., Japan, U.K., Canada, Germany, Italy and France jointly urged industry to develop and share new technology platforms designed to detect and remove content that promotes online extremism and violence, The Hill reported Friday.

Facebook has said it has collaborated with other groups to eliminate extremism-related content, while Twitter suspended in February 2016 125,000 accounts that promote terrorism, the report added.

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