Curbs on extremist online content threaten free speech: report
- Wall Street hits record high for third day in a row
- 21st Century Fox (FOXA) offers to acquire Sky for GBP10.75/share
- Coca Cola (KO) Announces James Quincey to Succeed Muhtar Kent as CEO; Kent to Continue as Chairman
- Exclusive: Japan's TDK in talks to buy iPhone supplier InvenSense - sources
- Broadcom Ltd. (AVGO) Tops Q4 EPS by 11c
News and research before you hear about it on CNBC and others. Claim your 2-week free trial to StreetInsider Premium here.
By Dustin Volz
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Governments seeking to curtail the spread of extremist content online risk jeopardizing free speech and privacy rights, an international group comprising some of the largest U.S. technology firms said in a report on Wednesday.
The Global Network Initiative said companies should not be pressured by governments to change their terms of service, and demands to restrict content due to public safety concerns need to be consistent with existing legal frameworks.
Members of the group, which began developing its recommendations in July 2015, include Microsoft Corp, Alphabet Inc's Google, Facebook Inc, LinkedIn Corp and Yahoo! Inc, and civil society groups and academics.
The report came as governments around the world are pushing companies to do more to stop digital proselytizing on the internet by Islamic jihadists and other extremist groups.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has suggested shutting down parts of the internet to stop the spread of propaganda from the Islamic State.
U.S. officials said on Tuesday a Somali immigrant who injured 11 people at Ohio State University this week in a vehicle and stabbing attack before he was shot dead was likely self-radicalized online.
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other technology companies have taken additional steps to eradicate violent content from their sites in the past year.
(Reporting by Dustin Volz; Editing by Richard Chang)
Serious News for Serious Traders! Try StreetInsider.com Premium Free!
You May Also Be Interested In
- LPL Financial (LPLA) Said to Decide to Stay Independent After Reviewing Options - Bloomberg
- Ex-Swiss banker goes home after U.S. loses extradition from Germany
- Next OSCE chairman to focus on fight against Islamist militancy
Create E-mail Alert Related CategoriesReuters
Related EntitiesDonald J. Trump, Twitter
Sign up for StreetInsider Free!
Receive full access to all new and archived articles, unlimited portfolio tracking, e-mail alerts, custom newswires and RSS feeds - and more!