The leaders from the G7 – the group of leading industrial nations – called on internet and tech companies to control the extremist content. The leaders from the G7 warned the social networking sites and internet service providers to “substantially increase” their efforts.
Donald Trump attends his first G7 Summit
For the Unites States President Donald Trump, it was the first G7 summit. However, the summit in Taormina, Sicily did not agree on climate change. Trump held off from endorsing the 2015 deal on decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. In a separate news, UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Donald Trump reaffirmed plans to boost trade, which included a post-Brexit trade deal.
The U.S. President also welcomed the move of the UK to leave the European Union (EU). Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, French President Emmanuel Macron and Mrs. Theresa May were attending their first G7 summit as well. The leaders also signed a document saying that more should be done by internet service providers and tech giants to identify and delete extremist material.
The leaders of the G7, which consists of the US, the UK, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, and Canada, talked about terrorism as well. (The representatives from the EU are also present at the G7 summit.) Italian Prime Minister Mr Gentiloni said “We showed our united commitment and our determination to continue and to strengthen our fight against terrorism.” After the bombing in Manchester on Monday in which 22 people, including several children, were killed, the leaders of the G7 voiced solidarity with the UK.
Mrs. May said, “We agreed the threat from Daesh [the Islamic State group] is evolving rather than disappearing.” She added, “As they lose ground in Iraq and Syria, foreign fighters are returning and the group’s hateful ideology is spreading online. Make no mistake, the fight is moving from the battlefield to the internet.”
Paris climate accord question still hangs: Mr Gentiloni
Italian PM said that the question of the Paris climate accord is still hanging. Trump had once dismissed global warming as a “hoax” and previously he even threatened that the US would pull out of the Paris agreement. Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, said that the discussions with Trump had been “intensive” and the US made certain that it has not made its decision yet.
Further, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Trump discussed the nuclear and missile threat from North Korea. The White House told the media that the two Presidents agreed to “enhance sanctions on North Korea, including by identifying and sanctioning entities that support North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear programmes.”