Social Media and Extremism

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Social media is a permissive operating environment allowing violent extremists to radicalize, recruit, fundraise, and plan operations. Its algorithms also radicalize people to violence.

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What We're Doing

With allied human rights groups in the United States, we are calling for the platforms to provide accountability and change the way they highlight extremists and extremism.

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Social Media and Extremism

Extremism

Defending Democracy on the Anniversary of January 6

WASHINGTON -- Human Rights First acknowledged the one-year anniversary of the insurrection at the United States Capitol by reprising our call to bring those responsible for the attack to justice,…

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Extremism

Human Rights First Calls on Twitter to End Policy Weaponized by Extremists

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Twitter’s recently-announced "Private Information Policy" is being used as a weapon against the Twitter accounts of journalists, anti-racist activists, and researchers into extremism. Yesterday, investigators in Human…

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Extremism

Testimony: A Rights-Centered Approach To Violent Extremism

WASHINGTON -- Countering far-right violent extremism has become a priority for those working to prevent and counter domestic terrorism, especially after the events of January 6, 2021. Today, Human Rights…

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Extremism

Human Rights First Commends Speaker’s Plans to Create a Committee Examining the Insurrection, Calls for a Broad Investigation

WASHINGTON -- Yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her intention to create a House select committee to probe the January 6th assault on the U.S. Capitol. Human Rights First is…

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Extremism

Deadly Racist Extremism is Fostered Online, Buffalo Shooting Makes Clear

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Another act of domestic terrorism was perpetrated yesterday at a Buffalo market by a mass shooter who had been radicalized into racism and antisemitism on the internet.…

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Extremism

Human Rights First Calls on Social Media Companies to Invest in Anti-Extremism After Wray Testimony in Senate

WASHINGTON – Human Rights First President and CEO Michael Breen gave the following statement on the testimony given by FBI Director Christopher Wray today before the Senate Judiciary Committee: “Putting…

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