Tech firms warned over hate sites

Technology companies such as Google and Facebook must do more to curb the “poisonous propaganda” that fuels terror attacks such as the atrocities in London and Manchester, French president Emmanuel Macron and UK prime minister Theresa May have said.

Launching a UK-French pact to explore new ways to curb the spread of online hate, the leaders agreed to explore creating a new legal liability for tech companies if they fail to remove inflammatory content, which could include penalties such as fines.

The plans have already raised concerns among privacy campaigners about state access to private citizens’ communications and how it might act as a potential gateway for hackers.