18
JAN 2017
Stopping radical terrorism from spreading through the Internet: one step forward
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Stopping radical terrorism from spreading through the Internet: one step forward


Spain
Joaquín Muñoz explains how social networks are creating a shared database gathering terrorism-related images, messages and videos.

Joaquín Muñoz, IT&IP lawyer at ONTIER, explains that this shared database will ''reduce the chances of users to come across any content encouraging them to learn more about terrorism''.

Muñoz however is not sure this would make a useful measure in terms of removing terrorism-related content from social media for good. The fact that social media platforms are collaborating with domestic authorities is already a step forward, but it's not enough. ONTIER's lawyer states that these platforms ''probably won't be willing to report those users publishing or interacting with this kind of content''.

The heads of said social media platforms released an announcement explaining that companies will be the ones making the decision on whether they will remove, block or report the terrorism-related content to the relevant authorities, depending on their own policies. Some experts believe these actions are not enough and they suggest creating an external, impartial body to monitor and mediate in social media platforms' decision-making process on blocking or removing any content promoting terrorism.



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