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President Trump wants social media to catch shooters before they strike. It's going to be hard

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James Honor
Aug 06, 2019 12:00
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Some of the most horrific mass shootings have followed a chillingly similar script: Angry white men, driven to extremism in online forums like 8chan and Gab, post manifestos railing against minorities.

Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have increasingly harnessed artificial intelligence and other technology to identify and act on bad behavior as they sift through billions of posts.

The challenge, experts say, is that correctly identifying these lone wolves is tougher than finding overt terrorist propaganda.

Another problem is that message boards have changed the way extremists recruit to their causes.

Many of these attackers know each other only online.

"In the past, there would be a more terrestrial component to how hate groups would organize and recruit," said Brian Levin, who runs the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.

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