Facebook, Google and Microsoft take action against Domestic Extremism

July 27, 2021 | 2 minutes read

Tech Giants Facebook, Google and Microsoft  commit to take rigorous action to tackle domestic extremism.

For countering violent extremism a counter terrorism organisation formed by big US tech giants including  Facebook, Google and Microsoft is now expanding the types of content based on extremism shared between firms in the key database. The sole aim is to crack-down on the material produced by white supremacists and the far-right militias Reuters reported. 

The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) database has previously focused on images and videos from terrorist organisation present in United Nations list.

 But now  for tackling domestic extremism the tech giants are expanding their horizons to monitor and ban material  indicating or propagating white supremacy.

In coming next months, the group will add attacker manifestos-which are often shared by sympathisers after the white supremacist violence.And also other links, PDFs, and publications indicated by U.N. initiative Tech against Terrorism.

Yet on the other hand, these social platforms are facing  huge concerns over censorship .However,it is also notable that in the span of the past two years many US- based organisations have been banned or denied access by major platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

As big techs fight to reduce the amount of extremist content on mainstream platforms, the extremist groups still have access to many other sites and parts of the internet where they can post violent images, videos and other material to spread their rhetoric.

The Executive Director Nicholas Rasmussen  of GIFCT’s said:

“Anyone looking at the terrorism or extremism landscape has to appreciate that there are other parts… that are demanding attention right now.” 

However this step taken by these prominent platforms for countering violent extremism  is commendable  as tech platforms have long been criticised for their failure in policing violent extremist content. And this is an encouraging step because many movements garner attention due to their controversial nature,  sparking users’ feedback and discussion giving more momentum to such movements.