Amber Rudd calls on Silicon Valley tech giants to unite against terror

Amber Rudd calls on Silicon Valley tech giants to unite against terrorism

The Home Secretary is in California for a key conference

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Amber Rudd has called on US tech giants to unite in her warning of terrorists using social media platforms to radicalise vulnerable people.

The Home Secretary has travelled to Silicon Valley in California, where she met representatives of Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube as part of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism.

She told the tech giants the enemy was trying to “weaponise” people, saying the “front line can be a screen in a young person’s bedroom or the phone in their pocket.”

While Rudd praised the firms for working to remove radical content and users, she insisted they had to do more to stop online radicalisation to “keep our communities safe”, alongside governments.

Present at the meeting was Donald Trump’s acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke.

Meanwhile, the firms maintain their forum will analyse methods to combat radicalisation online, and share their findings with other bodies to reduce the spread.