French Minister Visits Twitter, Google, Facebook; Asks For Help Removing Terrorist Propaganda

CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — The French interior minister said he asked Google, Facebook and Twitter to work directly with French officials during investigations and to immediately remove terrorist propaganda when authorities alert them to it.

“We emphasized that when an investigation is underway we don’t want to go through the usual government to government channels, which can take so long,” French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said after a meeting Friday with representatives from the U.S. tech giants.

“It’s important to have full cooperation and quick reaction” he added.

Cazeneuve’s one-day visit to San Francisco and Silicon Valley comes weeks after terrorist attacks in Paris left 20 people dead, including three gunmen.

On Jan. 7, two gunmen killed 12 people and injured 11 more during an attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. A third gunman killed a policewoman Jan. 8 and then killed four more people a day…

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