Governments seeking to curtail the spread of extremist content online risk jeopardizing free speech and privacy rights, an international group comprising some of the largest US technology firms said in a report on Wednesday.
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.
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.
US President-elect Donald Trump has suggested shutting down parts of the Internet to stop the spread of propaganda from the Islamic State.
US officials said on Tuesday a Somali immigrant who injured 11 people at Ohio State University this week in a vehicle and stabbing attack before he was shot dead was likely self-radicalized online.
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