Tech and social media giants Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft are making efforts to further combat extremism and harmful hate speech.
The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) is updating its database with increased monitoring of dangerous domestic organizations that are of focus for each platform, for the first time. The GIFCT, until now, had been only focusing on content from terrorist groups on a United Nations list. It will now target white supremacist violence, and other publications and links flagged by UN initiative Tech Against Terrorism.
The Reuters has reported that the GIFCT will add URLs and PDFs from groups like the Proud Boys, the Three Percenters and neo-Nazis. Many of these groups have already been banned by popular social media companies including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. These platforms have been taking steps to limit the reach of several US-based organizations over the past two years.
Vicious activity by dangerous groups and organizations, nevertheless, continues to surface on social media platforms. The not-so-successful algorithms of social platforms, often, in fact promote such content as it gets more user attention and engagement in the form of discussions. Therefore, we aren’t sure if an expansion of social media platforms’ efforts will really improve the situation, but we can hope for it to.