UK and German Police Take Down 21 Jihadist Websites

UK and German Police Take Down 21 Jihadist Websites

Service providers have suspended over 20 websites in Germany and the UK for disseminating online terrorist propaganda, Europol has revealed.

In the last week of October, a referral action targeted 50 sites that police flagged for promoting violent jihadist ideology in support of terrorist groups such as the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda.

Police requested that service providers, including registrars, hosting firms and internet infrastructure companies, check these against their terms of service, which resulted in 21 being suspended.

“Terrorist groups traditionally relied on self-administered websites for the storage and dissemination of their propaganda,” Europol explained.

“With mainstream social media companies intensifying their efforts to suspend offending content from their platforms, terrorist groups and their online supporters increasingly use websites as a vital tool to broadcast their message and create archives for their propaganda releases. In spite of frequent suspensions, these websites continue to move their content to new domains.”

Fewer than half the number of sites originally flagged by police were taken down because law enforcers currently rely on voluntary co-operation with the service provider community. This is co-ordinated by Europol’s EU Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU), set up in 2015.

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