Thursday, August 18, 2022

Canada to invest $ 1 million to combat extremism on the Internet


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

Canada announced several measures to combat extremism on the Internet, as revealed by the Public Safety Authority that the government will provide one million Canadian dollars, equivalent to $ 762 thousand for a program called Tech Against Terrorism or technology in the face of extremism.

According to Reuters, the funding will help establish a system to alert small businesses when terrorist content emerges, to help them remove it faster, and the agency said it would help support small platforms, to enable them to remove extremist, terrorist and violent content altogether from their platforms.

Last month, Canada joined other countries and technology companies in adopting a pledge to eliminate extremist and terrorist content over the Internet following the shooting of mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

In early April, Secretary of State Christia Freeland said movements advocating white supremacy pose a real threat to Western liberal democracy and believe it represents a real and serious threat in Canada and in many other countries of the world.

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Canada will host a youth summit to help them identify online terrorism and violent extremism, as well as ideas on how to combat these issues, as well as cooperation with Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft and Google on this matter. The companies will work directly with young people to develop ideas that can be shared widely with their peers.

The Canadian government has funded a number of other initiatives related to online extremism, including 1.5 million Canadian dollars to a project Moonshot CVE, who uses online ads and videos to direct people to the content created by credible third parties to challenge ideas that drive destructive and violent behaviors, and to contribute to hate speech studies and how young people interact with them.

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