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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street, London, after chairing a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee following Saturday night's terrorist incident in London. Several people were killed in the terror attack at the heart of London and dozens injured. The prime minister called for a tougher stance at home against extremists. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)

PM Theresa May called for increased internet regulation after the London terror attack


In response to the London terror attacks, Sunday British Prime Minister Theresa May called for increased internet regulation. 

May suggested that more closely regulating the internet would "deny terrorists and extremist sympathizers digital tools used to communicate and plan attacks." 

She also said companies that provide internet-based services are complicit in these terror attacks because they've provided extremists with a "safe space" needed "to breed." 

PM Theresa May called for increased internet regulation after the London terror attack

WATCH  | PM Theresa May called for increased internet regulations to prevent terrorism

"We need to work with allied democratic governments to reach international agreements that regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning," May said. "We need to do everything we can at home to reduce the risks of extremism online."

May did not outline any plans to crack down on internet-based service providers, but her stance on internet regulation isn't new. 

May previously called for increased internet regulation and her party introduced the Investigatory Powers Act of 2016, which expanded the government's surveillance power on the internet. Last month at the G7 summit, May also called for internet companies to crack down on terror-related content posted to their websites, according to The Hill

Google and Twitter responded to May's statement, saying they've been working hard to remove inappropriate, terror-related posts and content. 

Nick Pickles, UK head of public policy at Twitter, said: "We continue to expand the use of technology as part of a systematic approach to removing this type of content."

Google said, "We are committed to working in partnership with the government and NGOs to tackle these challenging and complex problems, and share the government's commitment to ensuring terrorists do not have a voice online." Police have not said whether social media or other information from the internet played any role in this attack.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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