ISIS fight: Facebook, Google, YouTube to hold Canberra talks with Abbott Government
March 11, 2015
As a growing number of Australians fall prey to the lure of the terror group, including news of three teen converts this week, the Attorney-General’s
Facebook representatives have also been summoned to the nation’s capital next week to discuss the same issue.
The Attorney-General’s department will use the frank and open meetings to request a harder line from the companies when it comes to taking
“The government is currently in discussion with private sector and international partners to take down or otherwise address extremist content,”
“(These) key partners include Facebook and Google/YouTube.”
It is understood Twitter will not be participating in face-to-face meetings with the government, however the company said it was in “constant dialogue”
An independent report by Brookings last week found that from September through December around 46,000 Twitter accounts were being used by ISIS supporters,
But despite this it can be revealed that the Australian government and its law enforcement agencies have not made one single request to Twitter to take down extremist tweets or material.
Twitter also disputes 46,000 accounts can be linked to ISIS, labelling the data “seriously flawed”.
A Twitter spokesman said yesterday: “We review all reported content against our rules, which prohibit unlawful use and direct, specific threats of violence against others”.
A Google spokesman said: “YouTube has clear policies that prohibit content like gratuitous violence, hate speech and incitement to commit violent acts,
Google would not publicly comment on the meetings with government this week, nor would Facebook.
Social media expert at the University of Canberra, Lubna Alam, said the government should discuss with the tech giants ways in which
However she said there was “no easy solution” to combating the rise of radicalisation online through platforms such as YouTube and Facebook.
“It is a difficult task to monitor because so many people are using these services from around the world and these companies often have soft approaches
“If the government is meeting with these companies they should take the opportunity to work out a way in which their goals of stopping radicalisation can match up with the goals of
Last month Attorney-General George Brandis announced $18 million in funding for the Combating Terrorist Propaganda in Australia initiative to target extremist material online.
On Monday Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the government was doing “everything we humanely can” to stop the spread of the ISIS message online.
“Too many Australians, it seems, are being brainwashed online by this death cult,” he said.
“It’s important that we do everything we can to crackdown on this.”
His comments followed the arrest of two teenage brothers at Sydney airport on Friday trying to flee to the Middle East to join ISIS and revelations on