Terrorism expert criticizes Internet companies such as Facebook

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After the attack on Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, terrorism expert Peter Neumann has called for more of the big Internet companies to fight propaganda by terrorists.

“Companies have to contribute more in the fight against terrorism, which is their responsibility as a global company,” said Neumann to the newspapers of the Funke Media Group. “But the use of companies like Youtube and Facebook has not been enough.”

Against the rapid and mass dissemination could be “only with more use of personnel and technology proceed, with the help of these brutal videos are deleted,” said the political scientist, who has worked as a professor at King’s College in London for many years on extremism and radicalization. The assassin of Christchurch had in his terrorist attack “both on the ideology of traditional neo-Nazis,” said Neumann.

“At the same time, however, he speaks of the ‘great exchange.'” This is a popular racist thesis of the New Right, which propagates a ‘culture war’. ” Something else is striking, says the terrorist expert: “The assassin not only posts ideological texts or references but also publishes a hodgepodge of seemingly nonsensical, crude and contradictory videos and slogans.”

But this is exactly “typical of an aggressive new right subculture on the Internet, which collects their ideology mix together everywhere,” said Neumann.

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