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Social networking platforms at times are responsible for spreading hate and in her recent speech at the SXSW, Facebook’s policy head Monika Bickert asked youngsters and other tech and social media giants to fight against hate and extremism.
During her speech, she said, “Even if we were perfect at keeping violent extremism from ever hitting our community and other technology companies were perfect, we know that alone isn’t enough to change minds or stop the spread of violent extremism.”
“The best remedy is good speech that gets people thinking and challenging ideologies. We focus on trying to amplify some of the voices to counter violent narratives.”
Facebook has been working with the US US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Violent Extremism Task Force as well as an analytics firm EdVenture Partners to fund campaigns against extremism for quite a long time now and organized different campaigns led by university students. Given that younger generation is the key target for different hate spreading groups, these campaigns are responsible for stopping these groups’ approach.
Matthew Rice, Bickert and DHS chief digital officer said during the event, “You have to be a credible speaker,” Bickert said. Someone from government or a senior executive from a tech company is “not likely to resonate in the same way as a young person’s voice speaking to a young person’s community.”
“The administration is still young and still figuring out its way,” Rice said. “But we are still combating violent extremism regardless of ideology.”