Adolescents trained to fight online radical propaganda

An anti-hate project has been launched by the Brussels-Wallonia Federation.

Around 30 volunteers aged 18 to 30 have been trained to detect and report radical content on the Internet. Youth Minister Isabelle Simonis (PS) wants to go even further and train 12 to 18 year olds, the Sudpresse papers reported on Friday.

The initial project has been asked to include more volunteers, as the Brussels Wallonia Federation wants to create an anti-propaganda network to combat the jihadist movement. Mrs Simonis presented the project to her French counterpart, Patrick Kanner, in Paris on Thursday. They were meeting to discuss how to fight terrorism.

12 to 18 year olds will be trained and accompanied by an adult. “We have to give them ways and arguments to fight these hateful messages as soon as possible”, Mrs Simonis said.

The General Delegate for Children’s rights still has to give her opinion.

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