U.S. looks to Facebook to battle online extremism

With a new strategy in place, the Justice Department is seeking the help of Facebook, Twitter and Google to help aid in the fight against online extremism.

U.S. looks to Facebook to battle online extremism

World Bulletin / News Desk

The U.S. government will now recruit tech companies, community organizations and educational groups to help target online radicalization.

The new strategy comes despite what critics say is scant evidence on the effectiveness of such efforts - a meeting took place on Wednesday with the Justice Department having a meeting with Facebook, Twitter and Google.

The meeting was “a recognition that the government is ill-positioned and ill-equipped to counter ISIL online,” Seamus Hughes, deputy director of George Washington University's Program on Extremism, said after attending the event, using an acronym for ISIL.

George Selim, director of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) office that coordinates the government’s “countering violent extremism” (CVE) activities said that the goal now, he said, is to help “communities and young people to amplify their own messages.”

Past campaigns by the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama to thwart extremist propaganda globally were widely regarded as too reliant on fear-based rhetoric and graphic imagery to be effective.

The Obama administration has not had an easy relationship with Silicon Valley in recent years. Twitter and other tech firms have been reticent to appear too cozy with authorities on how they manage their content, though most have cautiously drifted toward being more compliant over the past year.

Facebook last year partnered with British research group Demos to examine the impact of "counter-messaging" against hate speech in four European countries.

The study, released in October, concluded it was “extremely difficult to calculate with any degree of precision” whether such efforts have a real impact on long-term attitudes or offline behavior.

“You don’t necessarily know if something is going to change the way someone thinks offline, but we can measure whether somebody shares that content or interacts with it,” Monica Bickert, Facebook's head of global policy management, told Reuters.

 

 

 

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