By Bharath Ganesh
Originally published in Foreign Policy.
“…First and foremost, it is clear that platforms and GIFCT will only take action on far-right extremism when governments provide clear definitions. After the United Kingdom identified the neo-Nazi group National Action as a terrorist group, Britons could no longer access the group’s Twitter account.
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As Joel Rubin wrote recently in Foreign Policy, designating far-right terrorism as such is a necessary first step in countering it. By clearly identifying organized hate movements in the United States as terrorist threats—which the repeated attacks by actors radicalized by these hate movements have demonstrated—U.S.-based social media platforms will be obligated to take action against these groups. As the legal scholar Evelyn Douek writes, when powerful governments identify terrorist content, social media companies are pressured into taking action…”
Read the full piece on Foreign Policy.
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