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Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are not being effective in fighting terrorism, reveals research

Written by Hassan Abbas

FacebookWe all know that technology companies have been implementing various measures in an attempt to counter the spread of terrorist content on the web. Because of this, we have already shown that YouTube has implemented new policies and that Facebook in partnership with Twitter and Microsoft have announced measures to stop such content.

However, according to a study published by the company Digital Citizens Alliance, the initiative of technology companies are not being effective to fight content with terrorist messages. That’s because Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Google+ have passed posts with this type of threat.

According to the survey, in these social networks, it was possible to find posts with images of executions with victims being decapitated, shot and killed, or even thrown from a roof. Not to mention posts that contained messages to recruit people into the Islamic state.

The company points out that Facebook, YouTube and Google have until they deleted some content but that many of them were still online or were posted again. In the case of YouTube, many of the videos had a considerable audience with up to 34,000 views.

Tom Galvin, executive director of the Digital Citizens Alliance, commented that many of these content remain online because the business model of companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook allow this:

Why are month-old videos and jihadist content still proliferating on Google platforms? There seems to be only one possible answer: the business model allows this. For example, in Instagram, which Facebook has, you can find several posts that seem related to ISIS using the hashtag “Islamic country”

For now, Google and YouTube did not comment on the survey. Facebook has released a note in which the company guarantees that it is committed to combating inappropriate content within the social network:

We know that we can do more and we have made great investments to add more technology and human knowledge, in addition to deepening partnerships to combat this global problem

Source: PCMag

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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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