Zoom Joins Tech Industry Counterterrorism Group (GIFCT)

Zoom has joined a counterterrorism group, Tech Industry Counterterrorism Group (GIFCT), formed by the major US tech companies including Meta, formerly known as Facebook, and Microsoft, to curb violent extremist activity on various online platforms.

The video-conferencing platform announced this on Wednesday when it shares information relating to combating terrorism and violent extremism on its site. It is therefore the latest member of the counterterrorism group.

The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) is an independent group through which member companies share information to combat terrorism and violent extremism on their sites. It was created in 2017 under pressure from US and European governments after a series of deadly attacks in Paris and Brussel.

Zoom, which saw usage explode during the COVID-19 pandemic but has faced slowing growth in recent months, has come under scrutiny over how to police content and abuses on its platform.

Zoom is now a member of GIFCT as it faced moderation issues like zoombombing.

The company in response to criticism stated that; “It is our responsibility to support our users and protect them against online threats which is why we are collaborating with other leaders across the industry, sharing key learnings and advancing research, as we aspire to make the digital world a safer place for all.”

GIFCT’s founding members were Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and Alphabet’s YouTube.

Its membership has risen to 18 companies with five new platforms joining this year including home-rental firm Airbnb, social network Tumblr, and online publishing platform WordPress. It said it plans for more in 2022.

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