The Intercept leaked Facebook’s secret list on Tuesday (October 12, 2021). Facebook does not allow people and organizations included in this list of ‘Dangerous Individuals and Organizations’ (DIO) on its platform. The list includes the names of 10 terrorist, extremist or extremist organizations in India that are part of a secret blacklist of more than 4,000 people and groups, including white supremacists, militarized social movements and alleged terrorists, that Facebook considers dangerous. .
According to The Intercept, the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) and Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isaac-Muivah) are among 10 groups in India on the Facebook list. Similarly, the names of All Tripura Tiger Force, Kanglipak Communist Party, Khalistan Tiger Force, People’s Revolutionary Party of Kanglipak have also been given in this list.
Apart from this, many Islamic extremist and terrorist groups including Indian Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed’s Afzal Guru Squad and various local or sub-groups of global organizations like Islamic State and Taliban active in India and many countries are also included in the blacklist.
Organizations and individuals associated with the Khalistan movement
- Khalistan’s Bhindranwale Tiger Force
- Khalistan Commando Force Terror
- Khalistan Liberation Force Terror
- Khalistan Tiger Force Terror
- Khalistan Zindabad Force and its five members Bhupinder Singh Bhinda, Gurmeet Singh Bagga, Harminder Singh Mintoo, Paramjit Singh Panjwar and Ranjit Singh Neeta
- Khalistan terrorist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s nephew Lakhbir Singh Rode and his organization International Sikh Youth Foundation
Communist, Regional and Naxalite Organizations of India
- Communist Party of India – Maoist
- Kanglipak Communist Party
- All Tripura Tiger Force Terror South Asia, India
- Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland – Isaac-Muivahi
- People’s Revolutionary Party of Kanglipak Terror
- United Liberation Front of Assam
- base movement
Islamic organizations associated with India
- Al Alam Media, India Media Wing Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hindi
- Al Sahib Indian Subcontinent, Media Wing Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, Al Qaeda Central Command
- Al-Badr Mujahideen
- Al-Mursalat Media, India Media Wing Islamic State
- Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent
- Dawat-e-Haq Terror India Media Wing Islamic State
- Indian Mujahideen Terror South Asia
- Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen Terror South Asia, India, Pakistan
- Sahm al-Hind Media Terror India, Bangladesh, Pakistan Media Wing Jemaah Islamia, Jamaat ul Mujahideen Bangladesh, Al Qaeda Central Command
- Soth Al-Hind Terror India, Pakistan Media Wing Islamic State
- resistance front
- Afzal Guru Squad
- Al Rashid Trust
- Al Rahmat Trust
- Al-Aqsa Media Jammu and Kashmir
- Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir
- Jaish-e-Mohammed Kashmir
- Tehreek-e-Azadi of Jammu and Kashmir
- Vilayat Kashmir
Facebook maintains a three-tier system with respect to content
More than half the list consists of alleged foreign terrorists who are predominantly Middle Eastern, South Asian and Muslim. The Intercept quoted experts as saying that this list and Facebook’s policy suggest that the company imposes harsh restrictions on marginalized groups.
In fact, Facebook has a three-tier system that indicates what kind of enforcement the company will make with respect to content. It has the most restrictive levels imposed on terrorist groups, hate groups and criminal organizations and are part of the Tier 1 list. Whereas Tier 3 with the least restrictive level consists of militarized social movements. The Intercept has called it a mostly right-wing anti-American government organization. None of the organizations on this list are allowed to maintain a presence on Facebook.
Facebook has not disputed the authenticity of the list, but said in a statement that it keeps the list secret. Brian Fishman, Facebook’s policy director for counter-terrorism and dangerous organizations, said in a statement, “We do not want terrorists, hate groups or criminal organizations on our platform, which is why we ban and praise them. Removes material that represents or endorses.
“We currently ban thousands of organizations, including more than 250 white supremacist groups, at the highest levels of our policies, and we regularly update our policies and organizations that qualify to be banned,” Fishman continued.
First, Facebook does not want violence organized or facilitated on its platform and the DOI list is an effort to keep highly risky groups from doing that. It’s not perfect, but that’s why it exists. 2/n
— Brian Fishman (@brianfishman) October 12, 2021
Fishman also said in several tweets that the version of the list published by The Intercept is not comprehensive and is constantly updated. He said in a tweet, “A version of Facebook’s list of dangerous organizations and individuals was leaked today. In particular regarding our legal obligations, I want to provide some context and point out some inaccuracies and misinterpretations in coverage.”
Fishman said Facebook did not share the list “in order to limit legal exposure, limit security risks and reduce opportunities for groups to circumvent regulations,” but is trying to improve the policy. .
Facebook has repeatedly claimed that disclosing the list would put its employees at risk. However, The Intercept said that they were not given any such information. On several occasions, the company’s oversight board had recommended making the list public as it was ‘in the public interest’.
The detailed report of The Intercept can be read here.