The FBI recently released a warning to suggest Americans monitor family members and peers to “prevent homegrown violent extremism.”
On Twitter, the agency wrote, “Family members and peers are often best positioned to witness signs of mobilization to violence.” They linked a 2019 report by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Counterterrorism Center, titled, “Homegrown Violent Extremist Mobilization Indicators.”
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The report reads, “The United States and other Western nations face a heightened threat from homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) heeding the call to violence from foreign terrorist organizations, including the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS), al-Qa’ida, and other groups.” Many took to social media to ridicule the Tweet. Young Americans for Liberty, a libertarian youth organization, wrote, “FBI: Report your family members to us, comrade.”
The FBI’s warning is similar to a recent anti-extremism campaign by Facebook. Facebook came out with a new update as of July 1st, testing a feature that asks users in the U.S. if they are worried somebody they know is becoming an extremist. The pop-ups redirect users to a support page.
“This test is part of our larger work to assess ways to provide resources and support to people on Facebook who may have engaged with or were exposed to extremist content or may know someone who is at risk,” a Facebook spokeswoman said. The tech firm said that they are working with non-governmental organisations and academic experts on this project, she added [Yahoo News].