US tech giants aim to disrupt manifestos and militias in database

The Nation  |  Jul 26, 2021

The biggest US tech companies, including Facebook and Microsoft, have said that they will extend the type of extremist content they are sharing with the database of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, reported on Monday. 

In the next few months, they will add manifestos from outlawed organisations, as well as other publications flagged by the UN Initiative Tech Against Terrorism, to the database. 

"Anyone looking at the terrorism or extremism landscape has to appreciate that there are other parts that are demanding attention right now," the GIFCT's Executive Director Nicholas Rasmussen stated. 

In the past, the GIFCT focused mainly on content distributed al Qaeda and the Taliban. Now they are going to use information shared by intelligence group Five Eyes and add web links and PDFs from more groups, including the Proud Boys and neo-Nazis. 

Created in 2017, the GIFCT now comprises 14 companies that can access the database: Reddit, Snapchat-owner Snap, Facebook-owned Instagram, Microsoft's LinkedIn, Dropbox, Verizon Media, and certain others.

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