Migration and Home Affairs

Security Union: EU Internet Forum senior officials to address radicalisation online

Tuesday, 27 June, 2017

Today, EU and Member State senior officials are meeting at the EU Internet Forum to discuss the issue of radicalisation online. In particular, the participants will focus on ways to reduce the accessibility of terrorist material online as well as on how to empower civil society to increase alternative narratives online. The meeting was opened by Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, who said: "Radicalisation and terrorism do not stop at national or EU borders. The challenge is global. […] Our discussions here, will continue to feed into a more global effort to remove terrorist content from the internet, and to create positive alternative narratives. I urge you all to make the most of the impact this Forum brings to bear and I encourage you to use today's meeting to be as open and concrete as possible on the way forward."

Launched by the European Commission in 2015, the EU Internet Forum provides a framework for efficient cooperation with the internet industry on the detection and removal of online terrorist content. Building on the work of the EU Internet Forum, the European Council Conclusions of 22-23 June called for internet platforms to step up their efforts to combat terrorism and crime online.

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