Since the advent of social media the world has become more connected than ever before. Sadly, the internets popular social tools like Facebook and Twitter are not always used for good. Islamic militants have utilized social media services as a means to push propaganda and spur global recruitment for their cause. In the case of ISIS, the group has been well-documented in its use of Facebook, Twitter, Google and the like for planning attacks, marketing their cause, and recruiting impressionable youth to fight in their religion-focused battle.
While the global community begins to catch on to these tactics, the companies themselves are trying to catch up with problematic accounts to help mitigate the spread of what European Commission officials called online terrorism incitement and hate speech. Facebook, Google, and Twitter have agreed to step up efforts to combat the dangerous rhetoric being disseminated via their networks, Reuters reported Monday, Dec. 7.
However, companies like Facebook and Twitter are desperate to save face and keep any censorship efforts on the hush. Former employees told Reuters that the companies are worried that if word of their cooperation with Western governments becomes too public, they will face similar demands from countries around the globe. While cooperating with the West to quell propaganda coming from tech savvy ISIS militants is noble, not every country will use Facebooks censorship for good. Take, for instance, China, a country well-known for its crusade against public dissent.
Nicole Wong, a former Twitter and Google legal executive and former deputy chief technology officer for the White House, said, Technology companies are rightfully cautious because they are global players, and if http://bit.ly/1RVP1UF they build it for one purpose they dont get to say it cant be used for anything else.
If you build it, they will come it will also be used in China to stop dissidents, Wong said poignantly.
Its a bit of a tightrope for social media companies, as they cant entirely ignore the pleas Western leaders desperate to minimize the threat of terrorism on their respective populations. They must, however, be careful as to how and what they censor and for whom or else they risk losing sight of Buy Global Instagram Likes their own missions of creating an environment that cradles the freedom of expression.
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