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Search engines and Islamic terrorism


Google will point Web searches toward anti-radicalization Web sites after a study shows more clearly than before  the role of the search engine, rather than social media, in drawing people to extremist material on the Web.

The study is one of the first to expose the role of the search engine rather than social media in drawing people to jihadi material.  The study’s authors argue that the role of the search engine has been a blind spot that those seeking to counter extremist messages on the Internet have been missing.

Some may challenge the study, undertaken jointly by Digitalis and the Center on Religion and Geopolitics, asserting that it advocates censorship, and blurs the lines between legitimate political Islam and violent extremism.

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