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Shedding Light on Terrorist and Extremist Content Removal

Isabelle van der Vegt, Paul Gill, Stuart Macdonald and Bennett Kleinberg
Other Publications, 3 July 2019
Cyber, The Global Research Network on Terrorism and Technology, Terrorism
This paper offers a unique view on current practices and challenges regarding terrorist and extremist content removal from social media platforms, focusing particularly on human-based and automated approaches and the integration of the two.

Global Research Network on Terrorism and Technology Paper

Summary of Recommendations

  • The major technology platforms should begin developing hybrid systems (if they have not done so already) for their own and others’ use.
  • Technology companies should actively promote the availability, effectiveness and transparency of appeal procedures. This includes providing to users as full an explanation as possible of why their content was removed.
  • The GIFCT shared database of hashes – which focuses on ‘the most extreme and egregious terrorist images and videos’ – should be expanded to include more borderline content.

Isabelle van der Vegt is a PhD candidate in the Department of Security and Crime Science at University College London.

Paul Gill is a Professor in the Department of Security and Crime Science at Univeristy College London.

Stuart Macdonald is a Professor of Law in the School of Law at Swansea University.

Bennett Kleinberg is a Lecturer in the Department of Security and Crime Science at University College London.

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