"We had lively discussions about the fight against Internet usage for terrorism-related aims. In the wake of the Christchurch attack, we have seen many terrorism-related images spread online, and we cannot tolerate this… We have to act. We have emphasized the need for Internet companies to delete terrorism-related content, which the relevant authorities alert [us] of… and even to anticipate this using new algorithms that can impede the spreading of such content", Castaner, who chaired the meeting, told reporters.
According to Castaner, online giants, including Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter, have reaffirmed the need for Internet regulation as well.
"France supports the adoption of European legislation for the quick withdrawal of terrorist content", the minister added.
The statement comes after Australian Parliament passed on 4 April a bill to prevent "violent material" from disseminating in the wake of the mosque attacks in New Zealand's Christchurch, which left 50 people dead in mid-March. The attacker was live streaming his actions on social media.