According to Reuters, the Global Internet Forum on Counter-Terrorism (GIFCT) database has so far focused on videos and photos from terrorist groups listed by the United Nations, and is therefore largely composed of content from extremist organizations such as ISIS, al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
What is new, however, is the group’s work to add statements by far-right groups that believe in white supremacy over the next few months.
Although the project is working to limit the amount of extremist content on major platforms, on platforms such as YouTube and Twitter, these groups can still post violent images and speeches on many websites and other parts of the internet.
The forum’s CEO, Nicholas Rasmussen, said in an interview with Reuters that the technology companies involved in the project want to combat a wide range of threats.
Technology platforms have long been criticized for failing to monitor violent extremist content, but at the same time they face concerns about censorship in terms of maintaining users’ privacy.
Recently, the issue of domestic extremism, including white supremacy and militia groups, has become a pressing issue in the wake of the January 6 riots in the US Capitol.
Reuters indicated that the project includes the access of 14 companies to the database of extremist groups and militias, including sites such as “Instagram”, “Snapchat”, “LinkedIn” and the file-sharing service “Dropbox”, and others.
The forum, which is now an independent organization, was set up in 2017, under pressure from the US and European governments after a series of deadly attacks in Paris and Brussels.
Its database contains mostly digital fingerprints of videos and images related to groups on the UN Security Council Consolidated Sanctions List and some specific direct attacks, such as the 2019 Christchurch, New Zealand mosque shooting.
newspaper said “USA TodayOn Monday, international payments service PayPal is collaborating with the Anti-Defamation League on research aimed at exploring how extremist groups are funded.
The association said in a statement, Monday, that the research will look at how extremist or hate speech movements use financial platforms to fund their activities.
The association and PayPal indicate that the results of their research will be shared with the financial industry, policy makers and law enforcement.
But with major financial platforms such as PayPal taking steps to curb extremist financing, extremist groups are finding new ways to raise funds, including increased use of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.