Pinterest, Dropbox Join Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism

Terrorism is one of the biggest problems that the world is facing, and a big part of this problem is that a lot of terrorist organizations are using social media to spread their message, and if nothing else have been known to use social media to at the very least share content that depicts their terrorist activities.

In an effort to combat the usage of social media and other internet avenues by terrorist entities, Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism formed its Membership Criteria back in 2018. Initially the companies that formed this forum were Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, Microsoft and Twitter, some of the biggest tech companies in the world. Now, this global forum is adding to new members to its ranks: Pinterest and Dropbox.

In the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attack that involved a white supremacist murdering several people at a New Zealand mosque, measures are being taken in order to make sure that terrorists are unable to disseminate their content via the internet. The Christchurch incident in particular is notable because of the fact that part of it was live streamed, and it took some time before the live stream was taken down.


Taking all this into account, the fact that Dropbox and Pinterest are joining forces with this forum is heartening news. More big internet companies should join the forum so that it becomes increasingly difficult for terrorists to get some kind of platform from which they can attempt to spread their ideology.


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