online extremism

Facebook bans the Proud Boys, cutting the group off from its main recruitment platform

Facebook is moving to ban the Proud Boys, a far-right men’s organization with ties to white supremacist groups. Business Insider first reported the decision. Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch the

Europe to push for one-hour takedown law for terrorist content

The European Union’s executive body is doubling down on its push for platforms to pre-filter the Internet, publishing a proposal today for all websites to monitor uploads in order to be able to

Twitter claims more progress on squeezing terrorist content

Twitter has put out its latest Transparency Report providing an update on how many terrorist accounts it has suspended on its platform — with a cumulative 1.2 million+ suspensions since August 2

UK outs extremism blocking tool and could force tech firms to use it

The UK government's pressure on tech giants to do more about online extremism just got weaponized. The Home Secretary has today announced a machine learning tool, developed with public money by a loca

Unilever warns social media to clean up “toxic” content

Consumer goods giant Unilever, a maker of branded soaps, foodstuffs and personal care items and also one of the world's biggest online advertisers, has fired a warning shot across the bows of social m

UK eyeing ‘extremism’ tax on social media giants

The UK government has kicked off the new year with another warning shot across the bows of social media giants.

YouTube is now taking down more videos of known extremists — in major policy change

A spokeswoman told us YouTube has broadened its policy for taking down extremist content: Not just removing videos that directly preach hate or seek to incite violence but also removing other videos o

UK to hike penalties on viewing terrorist content online

In its ongoing war against online extremism the UK government has said it intends to change the law to bring in tougher sentences for people who repeat view terrorist content online -- increasing the

Germany’s social media hate speech law is now in effect

A new law has come into force in Germany aimed at regulating social media platforms to ensure they remove hate speech within set periods of receiving complaints -- within 24 hours in straightforward c

Tech giants told to remove extremist content much faster

Tech giants are once again being urged to do more to tackle the spread of online extremism on their platforms. Leaders of the UK, France and Italy are taking time out at a UN summit today to meet wit

More political headbanging on encryption threatens privacy

The UK's Home Secretary has yet again cranked up the pressure on messaging giants over use of end-to-end encryption to secure communications sent via popular services like WhatsApp -- implying she wou

Facebook expands its hate-fighting counterspeech initiative in Europe

Facebook has launched a third counterspeech initiative in Europe, partnering with the not-for-profit Institute for Strategic Dialogue for the launch of the Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI), wh

UK and France to jointly pressure tech firms over extremist content

The leader of the UK's new minority government, Theresa May, is in France today for talks with her French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, and the pair are slated to launch a joint crack down on online e

We want to limit use of e2e encryption, confirms UK minister

The UK government has once again amped up its attacks on tech platforms' use of end-to-end encryption, and called for International co-operation to regulate the Internet so that it cannot be used as a

UK eyeing fines for social media content-moderation failures

A U.K. minister has suggested the party is open to bringing in financial penalties or otherwise changing the law in order to encourage social media firms to improve their content-moderation processes.

UK wants G7 to take collective action on online extremism

The UK Prime Minister is using the annual G7 summit of seven of the world's major industrialized democracies to push for more to be done about online extremism, including co-ordinating on ways to forc