ISIS and other extremist groups have weaponized social media and other Internet platforms to recruit, incite, and propagandize. Unfortunately, industry reaction to terrorists’ misuse of Internet platforms has often been reactive, inconsistent, and piecemeal.
For this reason, the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) has worked to outline and compare Internet and technology companies’ approaches to extremist content as it may appear on social media, messaging applications, websites, blogs, and video-hosting websites, among other platforms. A company’s Terms of Service provides clear insight into whether or not the company has any stated interest in reducing the threat from violent extremism. It is CEP’s hope that by comparing standards across industry, companies may be encouraged to not only adopt, but commit to enforce strong and consistent counter-extremism policies, geared to meaningfully disrupt and remove dangerous extremist content. The collected Terms of Service agreements are current as of December 11, 2017.