Date: TUE, MAY 11, 2021 1:00 PM EDT
A panel discussion examining the banning, reduction, or restriction of extremist content by social media platforms and other digital service providers.
Join for the public event, After the Insurrection: De-Platforming Violent Extremists – When, Why, and Why Not?, on May 11 at 1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT. This conversation will examine the banning, reduction, or restriction of extremist content by social media platforms and other digital service providers. The conversation will focus particularly on the mitigation of online calls for violence before they spur tragic, real-world consequences.
This is the third in the Atlantic Council series “After the Insurrection,” examining how the January 6, 2021 mob attack on the US Capitol is shaping the response to the threat from domestic terrorism by white supremacists and anti-government groups.
Violent extremist content online calling for white supremacism and anti-government violence helped drive mass killings in 2011 at Oslo and Utøya in Norway, in 2015 at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, in 2018 at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and in 2019 at the Al-Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. The January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, supported by violent online propaganda and disinformation, galvanized extremists and empowered offline organizing, pushing conversations about content moderation and intermediary liability to the fore with global implications. Recently, Facebook’s Oversight board upheld the platform’s decision to ban Trump from Facebook, while critiquing the opaque nature of platform decision making, and calling for greater clarity and transparency. As online platforms take measures to limit the proliferation of extremist content, their actions raise important issues related to online expression, the efficacy of moderation, and the co-existence of democratic norms and security in cyberspace.
This event is hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, in partnership with the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Future of DHS Project.
Author, Ph.D. Candidate
Associate Legal Adviser
International Commission of Jurists
Digital Forensic Research Lab
CDT Free Expression Project