Media consortium will build database of ‘extremist’ content to alert other platforms

Media consortium will build database of ‘extremist’ content to alert other platforms
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[Ed. – In other words, the database exists to serve as a content-based flag for identifying users to be deplatformed.  Service hosts can look for similar content on their platforms and bump off users accordingly.  And/or track those who interact with their material, of course.  Anyone who thinks this is “just” about the Proud Boys is fooling himself.]

A counterterrorism organization formed by some of the biggest U.S. tech companies including Facebook and Microsoft is significantly expanding the types of extremist content shared between firms in a key database, aiming to crack down on material from white supremacists and far-right militias, the group told Reuters.

Until now, the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism’s (GIFCT) database has focused on videos and images from terrorist groups on a United Nations list and so has largely consisted of content from Islamist extremist organizations such as Islamic State, al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Over the next few months, the group will add attacker manifestos – often shared by sympathizers after white supremacist violence – and other publications and links flagged by U.N. initiative Tech Against Terrorism. It will use lists from intelligence-sharing group Five Eyes, adding URLs and PDFs from more groups, including the Proud Boys, the Three Percenters and neo-Nazis.

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