Joe Whittaker

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Joe Whittaker is a doctoral candidate at the Cyber Threats Research Centre at Swansea University and the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University. He is also a research fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism. He specializes in terrorists’ use of the internet and the role of social media technologies.

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Foreign Policy Essay

How Content Removal Might Help Terrorists

In recent years, counterterrorism policy has focused on making social media platforms hostile environments for terrorists and their sympathizers. From the German NetzDG law to the U.K.’s Online Harms White Paper, governments are making it clear that such content will not be tolerated. Platforms—and maybe even specific individuals—will be held accountable using a variety of carrot-and-stick approaches.