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"On this week’s episode of The Hunt with WTOP national security correspondent J.J. Green, Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler, Sr. Director at the Counter Extremism Project, says some of the content discusses a “race war” in the U.S."

"This is material that is, when you look for it and you know what to look for, very easy to find. Obviously on the global social media platforms, the algorithm helps. So if you identify one terrorist content, the algorithm actually suggests more terrorism content to you."

May 17, 2023
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CEP Senior Director Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler interviewed: "In the past, without social media and the internet, if you had some wacky conspiratorial idea, until you actually found someone who held the same beliefs, it was a real effort. You had to go to conventions to meet them, you had to travel. Now all you do is you turn on your computer and Facebook, or Instagram, or Twitter, or TikTok, the algorithm helps you to find them...
The way these platforms are set up is to make you as the user happy and stay on the platform by giving you what you want, not confronting you with uncomfortable, other opinions—not broaden your horizon, narrow your horizon..."

February 15, 2023
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Terror on Tumblr

Tumblr, the social media and blogging platform, is a haven for extremists, whether they support ISIS or violent neo-Nazi groups. The website, purchased by Yahoo for $1.1 billion in 2013 and now owned by Verizon subsidiary Oath, recently gained...

Social Media Company Representatives Appear before U.K. Parliament Committee

On 2 February 2016, representatives of tech giants Google, Facebook, and Twitter appeared in front of the U.K. Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee as part of its Countering Extremism Inquiry.

Three Cheers for Prime Minister Cameron’s Speech

The modern culture of the West tends to promote tolerance and respect for individuals, including those in immigrant or minority ethnic communities, no matter how illiberal their worldview, as long as they are not violent. Thus, while Western...

Digital Developments that Changed the Terror Game

The Internet has been a game changer in many ways. A globalizing force, the Internet has helped to break down the barriers between people who would have otherwise never connected. But just as fire that warms can also burn, the Internet has been used...

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Extremists: Their Words. Their Actions.


On September 26, 2018, an improvised explosive device planted at the foot of a bridge exploded, killing eight soldiers in the lead vehicle of a Burkinabe military convoy traveling in northern Burkina Faso. 

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