Social media giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter are going to come under a lot of pressure due to “G7 Power” meeting to be held in Italy to discuss the increasing threat of online extremists. Facebook & Twitter Join Forces to Fight Online Extremists.
Facebook & Twitter Join Forces to Fight Online Extremists
In a two-day meeting of Group of Seven interior ministers, which took place on the Italian island of Ischia on Thursday, the head of Britain’s domestic intelligence service has claimed that the UK was facing its most severe terrorist threat ever due to the spread of militant material online.
MI5 head Andrew Parker has also said attacks may now accelerate rapidly and also that:
“This pace, together with the way extremists can exploit safe spaces online, can make threats harder to detect.”
Its has been planned that representatives from Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter will take part in the talks between the seven ministers from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.
Italy’s Marco Minniti said:
“The internet plays a decisive role in radicalization. Over 80 per cent of conversations and radicalisation happen online.”
Earlier this year, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube announced the launch of an anti-terror partnership aimed to counter the spread of extremist content online.
Also, Facebook has launched campaigns in Belgium, Britain, France and Germany to develop “best practices”.
Twitter, recently this year has bragged about its victories in the battle against tweets promoting extremist violence, saying it has been erasing those kinds of accounts before even governments had to ask for it.
With these initiatives, although it will make the extremists move onto the dark web but this does not mean that militants would easily give up the mass-audience potential of social media.