Tech Against Terrorism: Countering Terrorist Exploitation of Social Media

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A new 90-minute online educational training course, “Countering Terrorists Exploitation of Social Media and the Internet,” was recently unveiled by the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Task Force and the United Kingdom’s Home Office.

The module is designed to educate startup companies and social media companies about how terrorists may seek to exploit their platforms.

With 300 hours of content uploaded every minute to content service platforms, identifying and removing or blocking terrorist content has been a challenge for companies, especially smaller startups with limited resources to manage.

This course includes videos and images of official and unofficial terrorist media products, quizzes to test knowledge, as well as supplementary notes pages to explore select topics in greater detail.

The majority of the training examines the online activities of ISIS, al‑Qa’ida, and White Supremacist Extremists. The final section of the training course highlights select initiatives where governments and industry have worked either together or independently to counter this threat.

Companies interested in gaining access to the training can request it on Tech Against Terrorism’s Knowledge Sharing Platform.

Source: Department of Homeland Security

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