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Canada Experts say removing alleged London attacker's social media profile was right move

01:40  11 june  2021
01:40  11 june  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

Experts say removing alleged London attacker's social media profile was right move

  Experts say removing alleged London attacker's social media profile was right move People who study online hate say Facebook was right to remove the profile of a man accused of killing four members of an Ontario Muslim family, but they say social media companies need to do more to suppress dangerous content. The decision to take down Nathaniel Veltman's Facebook profile this week soon after he was identified as the suspect was "probably a prudent public relations move and a good public safety move," said Natasha Tusikov, aThe decision to take down Nathaniel Veltman's Facebook profile this week soon after he was identified as the suspect was "probably a prudent public relations move and a good public safety move," said Natasha Tusikov, a criminology professor at York University who studies the relatio

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People who study online hate say Facebook was right to remove the profile of a man accused of killing four members of an Ontario Muslim family, but they say social media companies need to do more to suppress dangerous content.

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The decision to take down Nathaniel Veltman's Facebook profile this week soon after he was identified as the suspect was "probably a prudent public relations move and a good public safety move," said Natasha Tusikov, a criminology professor at York University who studies the relationship between crime, law, regulation and technology.

"The benefits of removing something like that, making sure that anyone tempted by this point of view doesn't see that, is a good thing," Tusikov said in a phone interview Wednesday.

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Whilst social media videos may not capture or portray the entirety of an incident it is crucial that members of the public continue to record and report policing encounters that they find concerning. The Met was also criticised on social media over its handling of a vigil in Clapham, south London , in memory of Sarah Everard in March. But the force was exonerated when a watchdog found that officers acted proportionately, prompting a backlash at public figures including Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey, who had called for the commissioner to resign.

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In past incidents, social media profiles — on mainstream platforms as well as fringe networks aimed at the far-right — have attracted supporters of the alleged killers, said Tusikov, a former strategic criminal intelligence analyst with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Removing the alleged killer's social media profile shields people who knew the victims from seeing those messages of support and also helps ensure that people in the alleged attacker's social network aren't harassed.

Facebook has confirmed it removed the suspect’s account and says its policy is to delete content that praises killers or horrific acts.

"We are horrified by the attack that took place in London, Ont., earlier this week, and our hearts go out to those impacted by it," the company said in an emailed statement Thursday. "We do not allow hate speech on Facebook and regularly work with experts, non-profits and stakeholders to help make sure Facebook is a safe place for everyone. We've made significant investments in (artificial intelligence) technology to take down hate speech, and we proactively detect 97 per cent of what we remove."

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They said the attackers then adopt a third phase, using that data to attack the target' s systems and blackmail its clients or contacts. While law enforcement and security experts say the best policy is not to pay ransoms as these encourage the criminals, there is some hope for companies that pay up. Better technology enables some security firms to trace the crypto-currency, usually bitcoin, as criminals move it around different accounts and crypto-currencies.

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Veltman faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder following killings Sunday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has linked to the threat posed by online hate. Relatives have identified the dead as 46-year-old Salman Afzaal, his 44-year-old wife Madiha Salman, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Salman and her 74-year-old grandmother, Talat Afzaal. The couple's nine-year-old son, Fayez, was seriously wounded but is expected to recover.

Evan Balgord, the executive director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, a non-profit organization that works to monitor and expose hate groups, said he also thinks that removing the Facebook profile was the right move.

"It's a good thing to remove hate speech, or the profiles of alleged terrorists," Balgord said. "We know from five years of experience, many case studies and research: de-platforming works."

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But Balgord said he thinks Facebook has been "negligent" when it comes to fighting hate speech on its platform.

"We need to see an onus on platforms to proactively remove hate," Balgord said in a phone interview Thursday. It's something he'd like to see done through government regulation.

He said he believes Facebook has the tools to remove hate, because it has been successful at keeping Islamic State propaganda and child pornography off its platform, but it doesn't want to alienate a significant portion of its user base.

While Balgord supports the removal of profiles belonging to people alleged to have committed hate crimes, he said the way that's done can impede investigations by researchers and journalists.

"If you want to find out what may have motivated such an individual, social media is the first place that you'd start an investigation like that," he said. "It's a way to figure out who they are, figure out who their family and friends are ... figure out what kind of content they might be consuming." Those investigations can also lead to other social media pages or accounts that express similar views.

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  Police tracing London attack suspect’s ‘online footprint,’ looking at terrorism charges, chief says “We really have to be careful with the terrorism charge," Chief Steve Williams told Global News reporter Jeff Semple.In an interview with Global News, Chief Steve Williams of the London Police Service was reluctant to disclose the evidence police had gathered, but said it was quickly apparent Nathaniel Veltman had targeted a Muslim family.

He'd like to see companies like Facebook be required to share that sort of information with credible researchers and journalists.

Justin Ling, a freelance journalist and the author of "Missing from the Village," a book about the investigation into Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur, said that in that case, journalists were able to use dating profiles and a Facebook profile to link McArthur to a missing man who was later discovered to have been one of McArthur's victims.

Ling said that social media accounts can be one of the only ways to find out about who violent extremists are and what may have motivated their acts. That's not what police and prosecutors are focused on, he said. Their main aim is gathering evidence to secure a criminal conviction.

A big part of fighting violent extremism "is figuring out why people are radicalized, what leads them to do what they've done, and what groups are involved in leading them to violent action," he said in a phone interview Thursday. "That's not the police and prosecutors' job, that is researchers', academics' and journalists' job."

He thinks companies like Facebook could share this information on request with journalists and researchers but chooses not to.

"Facebook doesn't want journalists and news outlets calling attention to the fact that extremists use Facebook. That is what this is about," he said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 10, 2021.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press

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