Google Backs New Social Network for Combating Extremism

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Google Backs New Social Network for Combating Extremism
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Google has confirmed that it is backing the new social network, Against Violent Extremism (AVE), for two years through its Google Ideas platform. The new social network aims to combat extremism and gang culture in the world by linking former terrorists and their victims.

The new social network will link former terrorists to victims of such acts such as Jo Berry, the daughter of Tory MP Anthony Berry who died due to an IRA bombing at a Brighton hotel in 1984. The network has been launched by a consortium which includes Google Ideas and the Institute of Strategic Dialogue. Chief executive for the Institute of Strategic Dialogue, Sasha Havlicek, stated that this social network will create a global movement against the act of extremism. The network will also deal with the issues due to criminal gangs. The social network was setup by Google Ideas after the Summit Against Violent Extremism in Dublin in 2011. The organization expects to attract 1,000 members in the next two years.

Director of anti-Nazi group Exit Sweden, Robert Orell, stated that it was important to network with people throughout the world. He also added that extremist groups treated a person close to the government as an enemy which was not the case for larger corporations. While Google has come into the limelight previously for hosting videos featuring extremism on its video sharing site Youtube. This was followed by a cleanup operation in which 135 objectionable videos were taken down.


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