The Global Internet Forum for Fighting Terrorism (GIFCT), created in 2017 to go after Islamic State, Al Qaeda, and Taliban terrorists, will now include right-wing groups such as Proud Boys in its internet sleuthing.
The GIFCT, founded by Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube, initially focused on censoring videos and images of terrorist groups included on a United Nations list. However, recently its criteria were extended to individuals such as those who entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, Reuters reported on July 26.
It also linked more than a dozen platforms to allegedly counter the spread of terrorist and violent extremist content online.
GIFCT members include Reddit, Snapchat-owned Snap, Facebook-owned Instagram, Verizon Media, Microsoft’s LinkedIn, and Dropbox.
Its archives contain the digital fingerprints of videos and images of groups sanctioned by the UN Security Council and information on some international attacks.
Reuters reported: “The issue of domestic extremism, including white supremacy and militia groups, took on renewed urgency following the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.”
During the Capitol break-in, the only person killed was an Army veteran, Ashli Babbitt, a Trump supporter, shot by a Capitol agent.
Although some 500 people were imprisoned, none of them have been convicted of assault or insurrection. Indeed, most are waiting after eight months to be granted the right to a fair trial and humane treatment in their cells.
In fact, before the GIFCT included the participants of the raid on the Capitol on Jan. 6, mainly supporters of former President Donald Trump, the FBI was already pursuing them, apparently illegally.
In this regard, declassified documents from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) revealed that the FBI has painstakingly taken data from Americans illegally obtained by the National Security Agency (NSA).
This information would be used to build cases against supporters of the former president, Donald Trump, and against other alleged conservatives, i.e., ideological opponents of the Democrats, according to Big League Politics April 27.
But it was the Jan. 6 demonstration on Capitol Hill that presented the proper excuse to unleash political persecution against Trump supporters under the name of domestic terrorism and to apply to them a controversial law that the Democrats had been preparing since the previous year.
On the other hand, neither the FBI nor the GIFTC has mentioned that their targets include members of the Marxist group Black Lives Matter (BLM). BLM was involved in at least 91% of the violent riots across the United States in 2020.
In addition, those riots caused approximately $2 billion in property damage in cities across the United States, making it the most widespread incident in U.S. history.