Theresa May, U.K. prime minister, leaves number 10 Downing Street to make a statement on the terror attack in London, U.K., on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

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Theresa May, U.K. prime minister, leaves number 10 Downing Street to make a statement on the terror attack in London, U.K., on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

In response, online tech giants claim they are doing all they can. Google said it shared “the government’s commitment to ensuring terrorists do not have a voice online.” While Facebook has pledged to make itself a “hostile environment” for terrorists.

Facebook’s Policy Director Simon Milner wrote: “Using a combination of technology and human review, we work aggressively to remove terrorist content from our platform as soon as we become aware of it.”

“If we become aware of an emergency involving imminent harm to someone’s safety, we notify law enforcement,” said Milner on Sunday.

BH Consulting’s Honan explained that tech companies also face wading through “vast amounts” of data in order to identify what might constitute a threat.

“First you have to look at whether the material crosses a boundary between free speech and democratic speech into radicalization material,” he said.

“And then there needs to be clear guidelines that these companies need to be able to follow on that.”

Honan said relationships between the likes of Facebook or Apple and the security services would also have to improve.

“There has to be a greater basis for cooperation between private firms whose ultimate goal is to make a profit and those charged with protecting us,” he added.

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