>> The leaders of some of the European countries hardest hit by recent militant attacks will use the setting of this week's UN General Assembly to tell Internet giants that their efforts to combat extremism online aren't enough. Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and Google are all in attendance at the gathering in New York where Britain's Prime Minister Teresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron will tell them on the sidelines that they need to isolate and remove what they call terrorist content from their platforms within two hours of its first appearance.
That according to the British government, which says the two hour period is when the content is spread the furthest. It's not clear exactly what the leaders will do if the corporations don't comply but the European Union has already threatened legislation if they don't step up. Pressure from Europe and the United States pushed some of these firms into creating a joint forum between them to explore the issue last June.
And Twitter has said, it purged almost 300,000 extremist accounts in the first half of this year, although it's a 20% decline from the prior 6 months. The Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni will also join Emmanuel Macron. The wave of recent attacks in Europe has so far spared Italy but a significant number of arrests and investigations have been linked to the country.