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TikTok’s Boogaloo extremism problem

TikTok’s Boogaloo extremism problem

Technology
The song is catchy - a classic country and western. A gentle southern twang croons out a chorus.Like many TikTok clips, the user has added music and effects to their video. This is not a normal TikTok vid though. First of all, the username clearly contains a homophobic reference. Second, the man is holding a massive assault rifle."Roll Call: who is a boog boi in Colorado. See who are friends are," is the message. Welcome to TikTok, a place designed for fun and dancing that has a dark underbelly. The video is referring to the Boogaloo Bois, perhaps the most troubling movement to have emerged in the US recently. Heavily armed It's hard to describe the group succinctly. Broadly it is an extremist, libertarian militia that is deeply ...
Facebook Messenger used to fight extremism

Facebook Messenger used to fight extremism

Technology
By Catrin Nye and William KremerBBC Victoria Derbyshire programme and World HacksFacebook Messenger has been used to try to deradicalise extremists in a pilot project funded entirely by the company.People posting extreme far-right and Islamist content in the UK were identified and contacted in an attempt to challenge their views.Of the 569 people contacted, 76 had a conversation of five or more messages and eight showed signs it had a positive impact, researchers claim.Privacy campaigners say it means Facebook is straying into surveillance.Technology companies have been urged to do more to stop extremist material littering their sites following a series of cases involving people who were radicalised online. This pilot was led by the counter-extremism organisation Institute for Strategic Di...
Somali refugees who fled drought, extremism face ration cuts

Somali refugees who fled drought, extremism face ration cuts

World
Some walked for days to escape the threat of Africa's deadliest Islamic extremist group and the desperation of drought. But the problems for more than 200,000 Somali refugees are far from over. Now huddled in five sprawling camps in Ethiopia, the refugees face ration cuts in the coming months unless more international support arrives. Their plight is often overlooked in a region where hunger and conflict in Somalia and South Sudan put millions at risk. "The projection we have is that our already reduced aid handout for these Somali refugees is sustainable only up to March 2018," Edward Moyo with the World Food Program told The Associated Press during a visit to one of the camps. "How are we going to explain to a pregnant mother who has a number of other children that we are going to cut h...
UK and France target 'evil' online extremism

UK and France target 'evil' online extremism

Technology
Theresa May will launch a joint campaign between the UK and France to punish tech giants that fail to remove extremist and criminal content. Online radicalisation will be a top priority during the Prime Minister's visit to Paris on Tuesday, in which she will hold talks with new President Emmanuel Macron.Image:This will be Theresa May's first foreign trip since the electionFacebook, Twitter and YouTube have been criticised for failing to remove unacceptable content. The two leaders plan to draw up new laws enabling them to be slapped with multimillion-pound fines.:: Analysis - Tension between May and Facebook over online extremismMrs May's first foreign trip since losing her majority at the General Election will not be the triumphant outing on the world stage that Downing Street will have e...