UK and France to jointly tackle online radicalisation

On 13 June, British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron announced plans to pursue an initiative to push Internet companies to better police online extremism and hold them legally liable if they fail to do so, which could include penalties such as fines.

According to both leaders, counter-terrorism cooperation between the countries is already strong, however, the latest terror incidents in the UK evoked a strong response from PM May over online radicalisation as she called for allied democratic governments to form international agreements that regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremism and terrorism. The issue of regulating extremist content online was also discussed at last month’s G7 summit in Italy. On the other hand, Brexit could make the UK more vulnerable to terrorist attacks as sharing information with the country, as well as cooperation with Europol, could be limited. The fight against extremism has been declared the UK's new government's priority. The day after the terrorist attack on London Bridge the government announced the establishment of a new military unit specialised in counter-terrorism operations. President Macron prioritised soft counter-terrorist efforts in his presidential campaign, such as strengthened intelligence and integration of young radicals.

About author: Tomáš Krajňák

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