Global response needed to stop use of ICTs to commit terrorist acts

Jean-Paul Laborde. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A global response is needed to stop extremism on the internet and in social media, the head of the UN's anti-terrorism body (UNCTED) has urged.

Extremist groups have been using information and communications technologies (ICT) to spread propaganda, recruit, generate funds, share training materials and engage in the illicit weapons trade.

Some of the most popular social networking services are said to be devising strategies to counter the online activities of these groups.

A special meeting on the issue was held on Thursday at UN Headquarters, organized by the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee, involving Member States, regional organizations, civil society and the private sector.

Monitoring the use of language or messaging which glorifies terrorism is extremely difficult, Jean-Paul Laborde told Reem Abaza.

He began by explaining to her the scope of the challenge ahead.

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