Facebook Newsroom: An Update on Our Efforts to Combat Terrorism Online

By Monika Bickert VP, Global Policy Management, and Dr. Erin Saltman, Head of Counterterrorism & Dangerous Organizations Policy; Europe, the Middle East and Africa

A Recap of Facebook’s Year as Chair of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism

In the summer of 2017, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube came together to form the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). Since then, the organization has grown, with nine technology companies working together to disrupt terrorists’ and violent extremists’ abilities to promote themselves, share propaganda and exploit digital platforms to glorify real-world acts of violence. This year, we made significant progress in our work, but we also faced new challenges. New threats emerged in how terrorists and violent extremists seek to exploit and abuse digital platforms, and we adapted our efforts to combat and prevent them.

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