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Facebook and other social media platforms to target far-right manifestos

18:34, 26 July 2021
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The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, formed by the largest tech companies including Facebook and Microsoft, will expand the type of material that they consider as a white supremacist or far-right agenda.


Till date, the major social media platforms focused on identifying and deleting videos and images that were published by groups designated in terror lists of the United Nations like al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

However, now the focus will be expanded to also address other material which promotes hate and violence, such as the manifestos of the far-right groups which include the Proud Boys and the neo-Nazis.

"Anyone looking at the terrorism or extremism landscape has to appreciate that there are other parts...that are demanding attention right now," Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism's, Executive Director Nicholas Rasmussen said in an interview with Reuters

The GIFCT database of extremist content can be accessed by 14 major social media companies like Reddit and Snapchat.

The new regulations come after the US announced that it will impose a new policy to counter far-right extremists and supremacy agendas following the Capitol attack on the 6th of January.