Facebook Launches UK Initiative to Counter Online Extremist Material

Facebook Inc is launching a UK program to train and fund local organizations to combat extremist material online. The company said in a statement, Facebook, which outlined new efforts to remove extremist and terrorism content from its social media platform last week, will launch the Online Civil Courage Initiative in the UK today.

The company said, the new initiative will train non-governmental organizations to help them monitor and respond to extremist content and create a dedicated support desk so they can communicate directly with Facebook.

The British government has stepped up attacks on Silicon Valley internet companies for not acting quickly enough to take down extremist online propaganda.

The UK had alleged that these companies fostering safe places where extremists can breed following a string of attacks in recent months in London and Manchester.

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