Social media has become integral part of our society and plays a pivotal role in opinion building and society mind-set. Social media giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter have come together to derive a joint mechanism of filtering out extremists and other bad patch of society.
This all comes under a lot of pressure due to “G7 Power” meeting held in Italy to discuss the increasing threat of online extremists. 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.”
Italy’s Marco Minniti said, “The internet plays a decisive role in radicalization. Over 80 per cent of conversations and radicalisation happen online.”
Social Media vs Extremism
The outcome of the meeting resulted in a comprehensive sit-together with the representatives from Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter with the seven ministers from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.
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.