US introduced measures to combat recruitment of Americans to extremist groups

Jan 9, 2016 11:12 IST

To combat recruitment of Americans to extremist groups like the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), US on 8 January 2016 introduced new initiatives. These initiatives aim at halting the extremist groups from radicalising and encourage violence online.

The raft of measures includes setting up of a task force to counter the online propaganda of terror groups. It also seeks creation of task force for countering violent extremism, established by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice.

The State Department also announced a new Global Engagement Center, which will focus on enabling foreign audiences to counter pro-IS messages. A center will employ two-part strategy and they are undermining the messages from militants groups such as ISIS and al-Qaeda and offering positive alternatives.

It will also plan thematic social media campaigns and provide factual information that counters disinformation on behalf of counter-terrorism allies.

The announcement comes as administration officials meet leaders from Silicon Valley to discuss ways that technology can thwart terrorists. The meet was participated by Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter.

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