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Facebook, other social networks reportedly target far-right groups via database

Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube also contribute to the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism.


Facebook is among the companies sharing content with the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism.

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An antiterrorism forum that includes Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube is expanding the types of content its members share to include white supremacists and far-right militias, Reuters reported Monday. 

The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism was set up in 2017 to combat terrorist groups' use of social media sites to share ideas and recruit people to the cause. Its database previously focused on Islamist extremist organizations like Islamic State, al Qaeda and the Taliban, Reuters noted.

With the expansion, the content it gathers from social media sites will reportedly include attacker manifestos and other publications and links flagged by the United Nations' Tech Against Terrorism initiative, along with lists from international mass surveillance cooperative Five Eyes.

GIFCT didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.