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Press release: 10th April 2019 - Launching an updated version of Jihadology to limit terrorist exploitation of the site
10th April 2019
The use of internet technologies in this attack resembled the methodology of ISIS and al-Qaeda. Smaller file-sharing platforms were used with large platforms as "beacons" guiding users to outbound URLs. "Supporter networks" amplified terrorist propaganda by re-sharing and re-uploading material across an increasingly broad and fragmented range of smaller platforms.
Screenshots of take down notices on Mega (top left), MediaFire (bottom left) and Solidfiles (right)
Access to some of the archived Facebook pages the terrorist used is blocked in the UK, although it is still accessible by using a VPN.
Despite commendable action from most tech companies in the aftermath of the attack, reactive measures are not sufficient: thousands of pieces of content linked to terrorist and extremist groups are uploaded across a plethora of smaller platforms every day. Given platforms’ limited resources - and despite their best efforts - such content often remains accessible for a longer time than desirable.
The Christchurch attack shows that cross-platform responses are required. In addition to providing more practical support to platforms, we believe the international community should develop clearer guidelines on defining terrorist content and designated terrorist groups - including regarding far-right terrorism.
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17 September 2019 - Press Release: Tech Against Terrorism participates in EU-wide exercise hosted by Europol to tackle terrorist use of the internet ...