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techUK responds to Prime Minister's speech

techUK Deputy CEO comments on the Prime Minister's statements following the tragedy in London.

Responding to the Prime Minister's speech, Deputy CEO, Antony Walker, said:

"The tech sector stands united against the horrifying attacks in London last night and our thoughts go out to all those who have been affected by this tragedy.

"Tech firms are clear that extremist content has no place on their platforms and they work continually to improve measures to identify and remove such content. Companies also have well-established procedures to engage closely with law enforcement agencies at times like these to help them in their investigations. 

"The PM’s speech highlights the importance of international cooperation and the need to work together - industry, governments, law enforcement and NGOs - to tackle this evolving challenge. Tech companies are absolutely committed to working through an international forum to strengthen existing initiatives; improve identification and removal of terrorist propaganda; and promote counter-speech, empowering those with inclusive and positive messages.

"Putting in place the right solutions to combatting the misuse of online platforms is just one part of the jigsaw in tacking extremism. These are highly complex, challenging issues and tech companies are committed to playing their part, working within a clear legal framework and in full recognition of the seriousness of these issues."

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