The hidden world of cleaners of cyber horrors

Is there any way to stop the spread of terrorist material on the Internet? It is a question that many have asked in recent years, as groups such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have pumped out sickening images of beheadings and torture on social media platforms.

This month, the European Commission (EC) tried to offer an answer: It demanded that companies such as Google and Facebook take down any terrorism-related content within an hour of it being reported.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 20, 2018, with the headline 'The hidden world of cleaners of cyber horrors'. Print Edition | Subscribe