Singapore: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the world must speak as one voice against terrorism and nations supporting this scourge should be held accountable.
The world must speak in one voice and countries must be held accountable for sanctuaries and support,
Modi asked all the nations of the world to stand united and to speak as one voice against terrorism while delivering the 37th Singapore Lecture here.
Terrorism does not just take a toll of lives, but can derail economics,
He described terrorism as one major global challenge and a force larger than individual groups.
He also called for delinking religion from terrorism and “assert the human value that defines every faith”.
Organized by the Institute of South-East Asian Studies (ISEAS), the Singapore Lecture is one of the intellectual highlights of this city-state. It is designed to provide an opportunity for distinguished statesmen and leaders of thought and knowledge to reach a wider audience in Singapore.
Modi arrived in Singapore from Malaysia on Monday for a two-day visit.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Wiesenthal Center’s associate dean, said Facebook in particular built “a recognition that bad folks might try to use their platform” as its business model. “There is plenty of material they haven’t dealt with to our satisfaction, but overall, especially in terms of hate, there’s zero tolerance,” Cooper said at a New York City news conference.
Rick Eaton, a senior researcher at the Wiesenthal Center, said hateful and violent posts on Instagram, which is part of Facebook, are quickly removed, but not before they can be widely shared.
He pointed to Instagram posts threatening terror attacks at the upcoming World Cup in Moscow. Another post promoted suicide attacks with the message, “You only die once. Why not make it martyrdom.”
Cooper said Twitter used to merit an F rating before it started cracking down on Islamic State tweets in 2016. He said the move came after testimony before a congressional committee revealed that “ISIS was delivering 200,000 tweets a day.”
Cooper and Eaton said that as the big tech companies have gotten more aggressive in shutting down accounts that promote terrorism, racism and anti-Semitism, promoters of terrorism and hate have migrated to other sites such as VK.com, a Facebook lookalike that’s based in Russia.
There also are “alt-tech” sites like GoyFundMe, an alternative to GoFundMe, and BitChute, an alternative to Google-owned YouTube, Cooper said.
“If there’s an existing company that will give them a platform without looking too much at the content, they’ll use it,” he said. “But if not, they are attracted to those platforms that have basically no rules.”
The Los Angeles-based Wiesenthal Center is dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism, hate, and terrorism. (VOA)