Microsoft said on Wednesday that there is no silver bullet that will stop terrorist use of the Internet. Steven Crown, vice president of Microsoft Corporation, told the UN Security Council that for the Internet industry, the challenge of terrorist propaganda and communication is daunting. “If there were an elegant solution, industry would have adopted it,” said Crown at a Security Council debate on counter-terrorism. “But there is no single answer; there is no silver bullet that will stop terrorist use of the Internet.” Also Read - Windows 11 could be a free upgrade for you provided you fall in this categoryAlso Read - Nintendo Direct E3 2021: Metroid Dread, Mario Party Superstars, a new Legend of Zelda and more
He said another unfortunate truth is that there is no universally accepted definition of terrorism or extremism, neither at the international level nor at the regional level, Xinhua reported. According to statistics provided by Crown, within 15 minutes of the Paris attacks last year, there were 7,500 tweets; within two weeks, there were 1 million views of videos on the Internet praising the attacks. Also Read - Windows 11 leaked online: Centralised start menu, revamped UI, new widgets, here's what to expect
The Security Council requested on Wednesday a “comprehensive international framework” to counter propaganda by terrorist groups to motivate others to commit terrorist acts. In a presidential statement adopted in the United Nations, the Security Council noted the urgent need to understand how these groups, such as ISIS and Al Qaeda, recruit others and to develop a counter narrative campaign to amplify active denouncers of these groups.
The council asked its Counter-Terrorism Committee to present a proposal on the framework with recommended guidelines and good practices by April 30, 2017. At the meeting, UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson also called for more of study and research on how violent extremists are using the Internet and social media.
He noted the need to listen to affected communities, engage at the grassroots level, partner with faith leaders, women and young people to respond to extremism at local level.