Curbs on extremist online content threaten free speech: report

The Global Network Initiative said companies should not be pressured by governments to change their terms of service, and demands to restrict content due to public safety concerns need to be consistent with existing legal frameworks. Members of the group, which began developing its recommendations in July 2015, include Microsoft Corp, Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook Inc, LinkedIn Corp and Yahoo! Inc, and civil society groups and academics. The report came as governments around the world are pushing companies to do more to stop digital proselytizing on the internet by Islamic jihadists and other extremist groups.

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