Addressing violent extremist and terrorist use of the internet

While the internet has helped to build a more open, connected work, it has also increasingly become a tool for terrorism and violent extremism. The Government of Canada is working with international allies and the tech sector, as well as with experts and frontline practitioners, to prevent social media and other online platforms from being used as tools to incite violence, publish and distribute propaganda and promote hatred.

The Canada Centre leads on initiatives that complement steps that the Government of Canada is already taking to address violent extremist and terrorist use of the internet, which is among the priorities under the National Strategy on Countering Radicalization to Violence.

Through the Community Resilience Fund, projects are already underway to counter violent extremism and terrorism online. Some examples of these projects include:

International actions

Canada joined governments and industry leaders from across the globe in adopting the Christchurch Call to Action, a global pledge to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online, and is committed to meeting its goals. In response to the Christchurch Call to Action, the Government of Canada committed up to $1 million to Tech Against Terrorism to create the Terrorist Content Analytics Platform, a digital repository that will notify smaller companies when new terrorist content is detected, and held a National Youth Summit on Countering Violent Extremism Online in 2019 in Gatineau, Quebec.

Through the Christchurch Call, governments and online service providers are making voluntary, collective commitments to prevent people from abusing the internet to promote and sensationalize acts of terrorism. These commitments include:

Canada's most recent efforts towards the Christchurch Call commitments:

Canada continues to work with Five Eyes partners, through the Five Country Ministerial, and G7 countries to engage with digital industry, notably the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). Founded by Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft, the GIFCT brings together representatives from industry, government, civil society and academia to develop and implement collaborative solutions to violent extremist and terrorist use of the internet.

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