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Can’t keep extremists off Facebook and Google social sites, and Congress will be grilling them next week

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Today I came across this story from cnbc.com that says a revealing that even Google and Facebook executives prepare to testify in front of the Senate to show how they fight extremism and Internet giants on social sites are trying to shut them down.

The CNBC survey found that dozens of accounts on websites owned by the two companies this week have been used to promote violent attacks and to recruit people for Islamic terrorism.

All content that CNBC causes Google and Facebook to follow is deleted within 24 hours of the notification. However, many posts and videos containing images and threats of violence are online for days or weeks before we remind them.

Its presence on the web underscores the enormous challenge these Internet companies have of keeping their platforms open while controlling content.

Eric Feinberg, co-founder of Global IP Enforcement Center (GIPEC), said: “Terrorists are using Google and Facebook technologies to run intrinsically complex social media campaigns.

Extremist organizations are using their tools as brand advertisers and other online marketers to cross-promote videos on one account through posts on other social media services.

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Even as executives from Google and Facebook prepare to testify in front of the Senate on how they’re combating extremist content, the internet giants are struggling to keep it off their sites. Dozens of accounts on sites owned by those two companies have been used this week to promote violent attacks and recruit people to the cause of Islamic terrorism, a CNBC investigation has found. All of the content that was brought to the attention of Google and Facebook by CNBC was removed within 24 hours of notification. Yet many of the posts and videos, which contained graphic images and threats of violence, had been online for days or weeks before we alerted them to it. Its presence on their pages underscores the enormous challenge these internet firms have in controlling content while remaining open platforms. “Terrorists are using Google and Facebook technology to run what are essentially sophisticated social media marketing campaigns,” said Eric Feinberg, co-founder of the Global Intellectual Property Enforcement Center, or GIPEC, which tracks extremist content online. Extremist groups are using their tools the way brand advertisers and other online marketers do, cross-promoting videos on one account with posts on other social media services. CNBC initially… Engaging post, Read More…

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