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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Tue 18th Jul 2017

Jeff BezosAmazon and Jeff Bezos delivered another blow to the much-malignedBlue Apron after filing a trademark application for meal kits.Mario Tama/Getty Images

The hits just keep on coming for Blue Apron.

After already suffering the indignity of trading below its offering price every day since its initial public offering 2 1/2 weeks ago, the meal-kit retailer now faces a new hurdle — and surprise, surprise, Amazon is once again the culprit.

The Jeff Bezos-led juggernaut filed a trademark application on July 6 for "prepared food kits," as reported by TheStreet.com's Laura Berman early Monday morning.

Blue Apron's stock sank 11% to $6.55 as of 2:16 p.m. ET. It now sits 35% below its IPO price of $10 a share.

It's just the latest Amazon-fueled hit absorbed by the flailing Blue Apron, which took a cleaver to its IPO range in the week before pricing following Amazon's $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods. Many potential investors identified the possibility of more competition in the food-delivery industry and ran the other way. As such, Blue Apron trimmed its IPO range to $10 to $11 a share, down from $15 to $17.

Blue Apron's current price, however, looks downright bullish compared with the $2-a-share price target it received from Northcoast Research, the first Wall Street firm to weigh in on the company.

While Blue Apron is perhaps the most extreme example, its plight highlights the unfortunate reality facing many companies in the retail industry: Amazon is coming, and there's nowhere to hide.

APRN stock priceBlue Apron has had a tough run since it priced its initial public offering.Markets Insider

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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Tue 18th Jul 2017

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After missing subscriber growth targets last quarter, Netflix soared past them in Q2, both on the domestic and international fronts.

Netflix added a whopping 5.2 million total subscribers, versus the company forecast of 3.2 million. Netflix's Q2 revenue and EPS were roughly in line with what Wall Street was expecting.

Netflix rose 8% in the immediate aftermath of its earnings report, hitting an all-time high in after-hours trading.

What caused Netflix's growth to surge? 

"In Q2, we underestimated the popularity of our strong slate of content which led to higher-than-expected acquisition across all major territories," Netflix wrote in its earnings letter.

 

 

And the party will keep going in Q3, according to Netflix.

Netflix said that is "assumes much of this momentum" in subscriber growth will continue going forward, which is great news for investors, as some on Wall Street were bracing for weak guidance. Q3 will also have a favorable comparison to last year for Netflix, when Q3 saw Netflix's price increase — dubbed "un-grandfathering" — hurt its subscriber growth. 

Here are the key numbers:

  • Q2 EPS (GAAP): $0.15 per share versus Wall Street expectations of $0.16.
  • Q2 revenue: $2.785 billion, up 32.3% year-over-year, and compared to Wall Street forecasts of $2.76 billion.
  • Q2 US subscriber growth (net additions): 1.07 million versus Wall Street expectations of 633,000, and Netflix guidance of 600,000.
  • Q2 international subscriber growth (net additions): 4.14 million versus Wall Street expectations and Netflix guidance of 2.6 million.
  • Q3 revenue forecast: $2.969 billion.
  • Q3 US subscriber growth forecasts (net additions): 0.75 million.
  • Q3 international subscriber growth forecasts (net additions): 3.65 million.
Source: uk.businessinsider.com
 
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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Tue 18th Jul 2017

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Tesla stunned the world last March when it introduced its Model 3 electric car, the company's first affordable vehicle that will finally go into production this year.

 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who shared the first images of the final production version of the Model 3 on Twitter last week, says the first 30 Model 3 customers will receive their cars at a party on July 28. Tesla will reportedly produce around 100 cars in August, more than 1,500 cars in September, and then roughly 20,000 by the end of December.

Shortly after the car was unveiled, Motor Trend got a chance to see the new Model 3 up close and shared its experiences on YouTube. Understanding some of the thought that went into its design choices might make you appreciate the Model 3 even more.

Here are the nine signature features of Tesla's Model 3:

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1. The first feature should make anyone excited: Tesla's Model 3 starts $35,000, and that's before federal tax exemptions.

1. The first feature should make anyone excited: Tesla's Model 3 starts $35,000, and that's before federal tax exemptions.

Tesla's next most affordable car is the Tesla Model S, which starts at double the price of the Model 3: roughly $70,000.Tesla

2. The Model 3 is a nimble electric car: It can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just six seconds.

2. The Model 3 is a nimble electric car: It can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just six seconds.

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3. The Model 3 has a starting range of 215 miles, which should accommodate most people's commutes.

3. The Model 3 has a starting range of 215 miles, which should accommodate most people's commutes.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the more expensive versions of the Model 3 will accelerate faster and achieve longer range.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the more expensive versions of the Model 3 will accelerate faster and achieve longer range.

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4. It looks gorgeous. The nose of the car is aerodynamic to maximize efficiency. There’s no fake grille or openings that don’t do anything. It's a totally clean look.

4. It looks gorgeous. The nose of the car is aerodynamic to maximize efficiency. There?s no fake grille or openings that don?t do anything. It's a totally clean look.

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The beauty of the car extends to the roof as well. There are two beams on top of the car but most of the glass roof features one continuous slope.

The beauty of the car extends to the roof as well. There are two beams on top of the car but most of the glass roof features one continuous slope.

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5. It's smaller than the Model S, but it's still roomy. The Model 3 seats up to five people and can fit a 7-foot surfboard. I don't even own a surfboard and I'm excited about this fact.

5. It's smaller than the Model S, but it's still roomy. The Model 3 seats up to five people and can fit a 7-foot surfboard. I don't even own a surfboard and I'm excited about this fact.

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The back seats are elevated a bit due to the car's battery. To compensate, Tesla designed the roof of the car to be thinner towards the back so there's enough room for passengers while still maintaining that beautiful curve.

The back seats are elevated a bit due to the car's battery. To compensate, Tesla designed the roof of the car to be thinner towards the back so there's enough room for passengers while still maintaining that beautiful curve.

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It’s roomy enough to accommodate child seats.

It?s roomy enough to accommodate child seats.

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6. The trunk is also bigger than it looks. Its hinges are actually pretty high up on the rear of the car so when you open the trunk it lifts up and out of the way.

6. The trunk is also bigger than it looks. Its hinges are actually pretty high up on the rear of the car so when you open the trunk it lifts up and out of the way.

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7. Tesla designed a new door handle for the Model 3. It stays flush with the doors but when you push in the metal it’ll pop out and you can use the handle normally.

 

 

 

8. The Model 3 comes with a 15-inch touchscreen display that provides information, entertainment, and navigation.

8. The Model 3 comes with a 15-inch touchscreen display that provides information, entertainment, and navigation.

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9. The Tesla Model 3 will be one of the first major cars to ditch the instrument cluster, that separate console in front of the driver that gives information like gas and speed. It's all right on the touchscreen display.

9. The Tesla Model 3 will be one of the first major cars to ditch the instrument cluster, that separate console in front of the driver that gives information like gas and speed. It's all right on the touchscreen display.

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As for other specs, the Model 3 comes with supercharging and Autopilot standard, but you'll have to pay extra for Autopilot's "convenience features," Musk previously told Business Insider.

As for other specs, the Model 3 comes with supercharging and Autopilot standard, but you'll have to pay extra for Autopilot's "convenience features," <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/every-tesla-model-3-comes-with-autopilot-2016-4"target="_blank">Musk previously told Business Insider</a>.

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The first Model 3 just rolled off the production line last week. Tesla will begin shipping the car to the first pre-order customers over the next several months. Deliveries for new orders are scheduled to ship in 2018.

The first Model 3 just rolled off the production line last week. Tesla will begin shipping the car to the first pre-order customers over the next several months. Deliveries for new orders are scheduled to ship in 2018.

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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Mon 17th Jul 2017

Symantec report reveals over half of consumers happy to exchange details with unknown networks

Users still unaware of public WiFi risks

Report states that 53 per cent of consumers can't distinguish between secure or unsecure public WiFi

More than half of internet users are happy to share personal information with public, unsecured WiFi networks.

According to a report from Symantec, consumer demand for strong, free WiFi is overriding security concerns, with 87 per cent potentially putting their information at risk while using public networks.  

The report, which surveyed more than 15,000 consumers in 15 countries, shows that 65 per cent of Britons feel safe when using public WiFi, despite being somewhat aware of security risks. In fact, one in twelve admit to viewing adult content via public networks, with one in six doing so worldwide.

 

"There is a deep divide between what people think is safe or private when using public WiFi versus the reality," says Nick Shaw, vice president and general manager at Norton by Symantec.

"What someone thinks is private on their personal device can easily be accessed by hackers through unsecure WiFi networks or even apps with privacy vulnerabilities."

Consumers are keen to access public WiFi when travelling, despite the EU's recent abolition of data roaming charges. Strong signal is a deciding factor when booking hotels and holiday rentals, according to 71 per cent of respondents. Almost half of people rely on public WiFi when using GPS apps to get around.

Despite the public's overall indifference towards these issues, the fear of exposure remains. Twenty-nine per cent of Brits have viewed banking or financial information over public WiFi, yet 52 per cent of Brits said they would be "horrified" if this information was posted online. About one-third (30 per cent) said they would pay to prevent personal information being exposed to their employer.

Source: v3.co.uk
 
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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Mon 17th Jul 2017

Always. Check. The. Small. Print

Clause in free WiFi contract obliges thousands to spend 1,000 hours cleaning music festival toilets

Want free WiFi? Check the small print very carefully...

More than 20,000 people might be obligated to spend the best part of three months cleaning toilets after failing to read the small print in the terms and conditions of the free WiFi service they signed up for. 

The Ts and Cs were were part of a prank pulled by a Manchester-based WiFi company called Purple, which theoretically obligates everyone who signed-up for the free WiFi service to clean the toilets at music festivals, among other things, in return for their WiFi usage. 

"Cleaning festival loos, hugging stray cats and dogs, and scraping chewing gum off the streets are just some of the uninviting tasks people have agreed to in exchange for free WiFi. And we aren't just talking about a few hundred unfortunate individuals.

"Over 22,000 people have openly agreed to carry out 1,000 hours of community service after we added the spoof clause into our terms and conditions over a two-week period," blogged the company.

It continued: "A 'Community Service Clause' was added to our usual terms and stated: The user may be required, at Purple's discretion, to carry out 1,000 hours of community service."

A list of possible roles was listed, but it seems that very few of the users, if any, got that far down the list of terms and conditions.

The good news is that Purple is unlikely to try and enforce the contract, but the company does argue that people should learn a lesson from the experience.

Gavin Wheeldon, CEO of Purple, said: "WiFi users need to read terms when they sign-up to access a network. What are they agreeing to, how much data are they sharing, and what licence are they giving to providers?

"Our experiment shows it's all too easy to tick a box and consent to something unfair." 

Source: v3.co.uk
 
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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Mon 17th Jul 2017

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Google has made a major post-Brexit investment in the UK, opening its first cloud data centres in London.

The company wouldn't confirm where exactly its data centres are located, or whether they were leased or built by Google.

Google has spent $30 billion (£23 billion) in expanding Google Cloud to date, but doesn't break out regional spend.

This is Google's second batch of cloud data centres in the EU after Belgium, with three "availability zones" in London. The upshot for UK firms using Google Cloud is reduced latency and better customer service. Google promised round-trip latency reductions for UK customers of between 40% and 82%, versus its Belgium region.

Google's global president for cloud customers, Tariq Shaukat, told Business Insider that Brexit had little impact on the company's timeframe. "The decision pre-dates Brexit," he said. But the company will continue its investment by hiring more UK staff in marketing and sales for Google Cloud.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley said the investment was "a vote of confidence in the UK economy."

She added: "We want digital businesses to be able to operate here, taking advantage of the opportunities a global Britain has as we leave the EU."

Google is rapidly expanding its cloud business to try and catch up with its bigger competitors: Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft's Azure. According to fourth quarter statistics, Amazon accounted for 40% of the global cloud computing market. Google's parent, Alphabet, held 6% of the market.

Cloud is a growing part of Google's business too. While the company doesn't break out revenues, cloud accounted for much of Google's growth in its "other revenues" segment in the first year, up 50% year on year in the three months to March 31.

Shaukat told Business Insider that Google would set itself apart with its reliability. A massive AWS outage in February took out some of the biggest sites on the web, including Quora and Business Insider.

He said the company was considered "best in class" at making sure infrastructure "stays up and running." Google Cloud also has a dedicated service, customer reliability engineering, that focuses on helping companies architect their applications to boost reliability. "That's something others are not able to do or are doing today," Shaukat said.

He promised Google Cloud would be compliant with the incoming EU General Data Protection Regulation by the time it's implemented next year.

Some British companies already using Google Cloud include fintech app Revolut, The Telegraph, and hosting firm WP Engine.

Amazon Web Services opened its own London region at the end of last yearMicrosoft opened a UK data centre region in 2015.  This is Google's tenth region globally, and the company plans to add data centres in Frankfurt, the Netherlands, and Finland.

Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions.

Source: uk.businessinsider.com
 
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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Mon 17th Jul 2017

HP is once again the undisputed king of the PC market.

IDC and Gartner, the two leading tech market research firms, both agree the California-based manufacturer now holds the top spot in the market share rankings. They only disagree about when it took the lead from Lenovo; Gartner says it just happened in the second quarter, while IDC says HP took the lead in the first quarter.

Regardless, HP can rightfully tout that it’s one of the few PC makers that's actually growing, as the chart below, which is based on Gartner's data and was put together for us by Statista, indicates.

But that may be a something of a hollow and potentially short-term victory. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 61.1 million this past quarter, Gartner said, a year-over-year decline that continues a years-long slump for the traditional PC market.

Both Gartner and IDC attributed the decline in part to component shortages, but the longer-term concerns for PCs remain. Most notably, tablets and smartphones are increasingly powerful, which has made it less necessary to buy a traditional computer.

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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Mon 17th Jul 2017

Messaging apps dominate the top charts of the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Despite there being dozens of different apps in the category, many of them have managed to garner millions of users. It appears as though Amazon wants a piece of the action and is working on their own stand-alone messaging app called Anytime.

Amazon has begun surveying customers about a new messaging service to gauge which features are most important to users. It’s unclear how far along the new service is, but one customer said the survey seemed to imply it was a ready product.

Based on the images I’ve been provided, Anytime by Amazon seems to be an all-in-one feature rich service that could even rival social networks. The focus seems to be messaging, including voice and video calls, but there’s also mention of photo sharing with @mentions, as well as filters for photos and video with “special effects and masks.” Anytime will also provide tasks that can be done in groups, like playing games, listening to music, and ordering food.

The service claims to keep chats private and allows users to “encrypt important messages like bank account details.” That’s especially important because the service will also allow users to chat with businesses, make reservations, and of course, since this is from Amazon, allow users to shop.

The biggest hurdle of any new messaging service is getting people to use it when no one they know is using it. Anytime by Amazon will apparently let you “reach all your friends just using their name” without needing their phone numbers. It’s unclear what that means exactly, but it could mean the app hooks into existing social networks and other messaging services.

Amazon announced Chime earlier this year, which is a communication service for enterprise users. This new Anytime messaging service could use the same backend and technology as Chime, but for regular consumers.

Amazon also launched messaging and calling features for Alexa devices recently, which turned their Alexa app into a rival to services like Skype, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger overnight. With the Alexa app being primarily a companion to Amazon’s Echo hardware and voice assistant, it would make sense for Amazon to branch out the Alexa app’s messaging capabilities into a separate app, if they plan to incorporate additional features found on other messaging platforms.

As is to be expected, Anytime by Amazon would work across both desktop and mobile devices, including both Android and iPhone. There’s no indication how far along the service is or when we could expect it to launch.

Source: aftvnews.com
 
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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Mon 10th Jul 2017

Last year we reported on Microsoft scam telephone calls and now have an update ......

These days, it’s difficult to tell what’s true and what’s false on the Internet, and the same can be said for phone calls that you’ll receive out of the blue. People have been scamming other for ages, and the phone is just another tool they use to do so. Fortunately, it’s a lot easier to spot scams when you know what to look out for, and that’s why we’ve identified these common phone scams. Keep your eyes peeled, ears open, head on a swivel, and stay smart out there!

“Can you hear me?”

This scam has been very successful for criminals simply because of how innocuous it seems. The idea is to ask the victim a simple question so that they respond with, “Yes.” The scammer then records the response and uses it to authorize changes on credit cards, bills, and more. This is because many companies today use voice-automated systems for customer service, which scammers then “hack” with the voice recording. Scammers can also ask to press a button on the phone, which is how they find out if the number is active. The smart thing to do when receiving an unknown phone call is to not respond and not press any buttons on the dial pad. Here are some other questions that these scammers tend to lead with:

  • Are you the homeowner?
  • Are you the lady of the house?
  • Do you pay the household phone bill?
  • Do you pay the household bills?
  • Is Adele better than Taylor Swift? (Okay, just kidding about this one.)

Free Vacations and Prizes

Everyone likes free stuff, but sometimes things sound just too good to be true. This particular scam usually starts off by notifying you that you’ve won a vacation to some exotic locale or popular travel destination, like Walt Disney World. Or, the caller will offer a reward card or some sort of prize, sometimes notifying you that you’ve won a lottery. The key here is that the scammer will ask you to pay a small fee in order to claim the prize, for which you’ll have to share your credit card number. Don’t do it! Victims can and have been had for thousands of dollars.

Phishing Scams

While most phishing scams are related to websites or email, there are also phishing calls that attempt to gain valuable information from you. Generally, the scammer will claim that there is an issue with your computer, putting it at risk of getting hacked. Then, they’ll ask for your payment information to fix the hypothetical problem or attempt to have you download “antivirus” software that will actually hack your computer. It’s important to note that a huge computer company, like Microsoft, would almost never call you out of the blue. Always be vigilant about sharing payment information over the phone, and when in doubt, collect the caller’s information and say that you will call them back after researching it.

Fake Charities

If you think that posing as a charity in order to rip people off is just too despicable for anyone to do, well, guess again. There are plenty of scammers out there that will say and do anything to rip people off, including posing as a charity. A common scam claims to collect funds for local police and fire departments, while another pretended to fund cancer philanthropies. Remember you can always call back a charity after doing some research.

IRS Scams

This is a very popular scam, and its success is probably due to the fact that most people are pretty nervous about dealing with the IRS. Oftentimes, robo-callers call tens of thousands of potential victims, and sometimes the callers will even have the last four digits of your social security number already on hand. While the IRS may potentially call you one day, they would not request direct payment over the phone. If’ you’re not sure about an IRS call, try dialing the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484.

Loan Scams

Some loans are borderline scams in the first place, so it’s almost no surprise that they’d also be used as a cover for phone scams. Whether it’s a proposed student loan, car loan (especially popular right now), payday loan, or business loan, the goal of the scammer is to harvest your information over the phone. Don’t fall for it!

Debt Collector Scams

Debt collector scams are fairly popular because, unfortunately, there are just so many people with debt out there. The best thing to do in this situation is to ask for the caller’s information, including company name, and to call them back. Also, take note that if you send a written letter to a debt collector asking them to stop calling you, they are legally required to do so.

Credit Card Security Number Scams

As we’ve mentioned, it’s not a smart idea to give out credit card information over the telephone. But, what about just snippets of information? Though it may seem harmless, even giving out the three-digit security code on the back of your credit card (also known as the CVV number) can lead to being scammed. The scammer can disguise themselves as a bank employee, even giving out a fake employee badge number. But make sure to never give out that CVV number, no matter what they say.

Warrant Scams

Whether it’s the DEA, FBI, sheriff, or local police department, warrant scams are designed to make victims panic and then give up their personal information over the phone. The scammer will often state that you’ve missed jury duty or perhaps defrauded a bank, and attempt to get payment information. However, law enforcement demanding money is just something that does not happen legally over the phone. Remember that.

Medical Scams

If you’ve ever dealt with health care, you probably know how difficult it is to dispute a hospital bill. Perhaps that’s why people fall for phone scams that are medical-related. Sometimes the scammer will demand payment on an “unpaid” bill, while other times the scam will offer discounted or free medical services. Unfortunately, these types of scams tend to target the elderly, who have to deal with health care much more than younger people.

Lottery Scam

As with most things in life, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Getting a call out of the blue that you’ve just won the lottery is a pretty big stretch. Add in that it’s a Jamaican, Australian, or some other lottery, and things begin to sound a lot less plausible. And when someone asks for you credit card information over the phone, that’s as good a sign as any that the whole thing is a sham. After all, how many lotteries have you heard of that give out winnings to people who haven’t bought a ticket?

How to Protect Yourself

While phone scams are designed to get victims flustered and panicked on the phone so that they make a rash decision, most of them are actually quite similar.

  • Usually, the most important thing is that you don’t give away financial and sensitive personal information (address, date of birth, bank information, ID numbers) out over the phone.
  • Secondly, you can always ask the person calling for more information, do some research, and call them back. If they’re reluctant to comply, they’re likely trying to scam you.
  • Remember to check your bank and credit card statement regularly, especially after getting a suspicious call.
  • Also, try not to get pressured into making quick decisions. You should always feel like you can take the time to research an organization, including checking it out online.
  • Be wary of sending money anywhere for an emergency situation.
  • Lastly, never send money by prepaid card or wire transfer (which are difficult to track) to someone you don’t know.

With the rise of the Internet, many scammers are moving to the web. But that doesn’t mean that they’ve forgotten about the phone. Any tool that gives them a shroud of anonymity can be used to take advantage of people, especially the elderly. Fortunately, most phone scams can be avoided by simply not making any rash decisions. So, remember: take a deep breath, and don’t let anyone push you into doing something that sounds suspicious.

 

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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Wed 14th Jun 2017

 

Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron

The UK and France will launch a joint campaign to push internet companies like Facebook and Google to do more to remove terrorist material.

Announcing the move in Paris, Theresa May said the internet must not be "a safe space" for extremists.

Speaking alongside President Emmanuel Macron, she said they would also look at proposals to fine social media firms if they fail to take down such content.

It is the PM's first foreign trip since losing her majority at the election.

It comes as UK officials gear up for the start of Brexit talks on 19 June - Mrs May confirmed those negotiations would begin on time despite the unexpected election result and the ongoing talks with the DUP to shore up a minority Conservative government.

Both France and the UK have faced multiple terror attacks in recent years. Three French citizens died in the attack on London Bridge earlier this month, and a British man, Nick Alexander, was killed in the attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris in November 2015.

Mrs May and Mr Macron had a working dinner before travelling to the England v France football friendly at the Stade de France, where there was a minute's silence before kick-off to honour those killed in the Manchester and London attacks.

At their joint press conference, Mrs May said the UK was already working with internet companies "to stop the spread of extremist material that is warping young minds".

But she said she and President Macron agreed those firms must do more "and abide by their social responsibility to step up their efforts to remove harmful content".

The joint UK-French campaign will explore options for creating "a legal liability" which would allow companies to be punished if they fail to take steps to remove terrorist content.

More meetings would be held in the coming days between the UK home secretary and the French interior minister to push forward those plans, the PM added.

Mr Macron said they wanted to "strengthen the commitment" of internet companies to removing extremist material.

'More responsibility'

The Metropolitan Police's head of counter-terrorism Mark Rowley echoed the prime minister's concerns that terrorist material was too easily accessible online.

Writing in the Times, Assistant Commissioner Rowley said: "We need communities to be more assertive at calling out extremists and radicalisers amongst us. It's not just overseas propaganda inspiring attacks.

"And we need communications and internet-based companies to show more responsibility.

"It is too easy for the angry, violent or vulnerable to access extremist views, learn about attack methodologies, conspire on encrypted applications and then acquire equipment to kill, all online."

Mr Rowley said "an internet going darker" was making it harder to look into people who may be of concern, but he welcomed Theresa May's efforts to look at strategies for dealing with extremism.

The government's independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, Max Hill QC questioned whether heavy fines for tech companies that failed to take down extreme content was "absolutely necessary".

He told BBC News: "I've sat with the relevant police unit as they identify extreme content. I've seen them communicating with tech companies and I've seen the cooperation that flows from that.

"It's a question of the bulk of the material rather than a lack of cooperation in dealing with it."

Google says it already invests heavily in combating abuse on its platforms and is working on an "international forum to accelerate and strengthen our existing work in this area".

Facebook has also insisted it works "aggressively to remove terrorist content from our platform as soon as we become aware of it".

Twitter says "terrorist content has no place on" its platform.

Source: bbc.co.uk
 
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