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G20 nations pledge to curb radicalisation, terror funding via social media

G20 nations will work with communication service providers and administrators of relevant apps

Press Trust of India  |  Hamburg 

G20 Summit 2017
G20 Summit 2017

Leaders from the G20 nations, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today called for concrete steps to check radicalisation, hiring and arranging of funds for terror activities through misuse of and

On the first day of their Summit here, the leaders also asked private sector service providers to do the needful for removing hate content from the

Asserting that the rule of law applies online as well as offline, the issued a 21-point joint declaration on various steps needed to be taken to fight

The leaders called for countering conducive to and the use of for terrorist purposes.

The counter actions must continue to be part of a comprehensive approach, including combating and recruitment, hampering terrorist movements and countering terrorist propaganda, the declaration said.

To fight terrorism, the declaration said G20 nations would work with the private sector, in particular service providers and administrators of relevant

This is to "fight exploitation of the and for terrorist purposes such as propaganda, funding and planning of terrorist acts, inciting terrorism, radicalising and recruiting to commit acts of terrorism, while fully respecting human rights," the declaration said.

The also underlined that appropriate filtering, detecting and removal of content that incites terrorist acts is crucial.

"... We also encourage collaboration with industry to provide lawful and non-arbitrary access to available information where access is necessary for the protection of security against terrorist threats," they said.

Sending out a strong message against terror activities, the stressed that countering requires comprehensively addressing underlying conditions that terrorists exploit.

"It is therefore crucial to promote political and religious tolerance, and social cohesion and inclusiveness, to resolve armed conflicts, and to facilitate re-integration," the declaration said.

Noting that regional and action plans can help in countering conducive to terrorism, the leaders said knowledge on concrete measures would be shared to address threats from returning foreign terrorist fighters and home-grown radicalised individuals.

In recent times, many countries have been grappling with the problem of individuals returning from places like Iraq and Syria after terror training.

"We will also share best practices on deradicalisation and re-integration programmes including with respect to prisoners," it said.

Further, the said they would exchange best practices on preventing and countering and violent conducive to

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First Published: Sat, July 08 2017. 11:07 IST