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A new report from Digital Citizens Alliance and The Coalition for a Safer Web says social platforms need to do a better job cracking down on domestic extremists who continue to use digital platforms to recruit new members, spread misinformation and glorify their violent acts.

The 56-page report, released Monday, calls on Congress to enact new penalties for domestic terrorism. It also recommendations that social media companies hire more people to police their sites and increase consistency in enforcement by sharing information about bad actors with other online platforms.

"They brag about their ability to track videos and be able to put ads that really relate to the experience. They need to use that prowess and stop treating this like a PR problem and start treating it like a national security issue that it is," said Tom  Galvin, Executive Director of Digital Citizens Alliance.

Read more: NBC Washington

Operated by the US State Department, the anti-terrorism programme offers money for information on people outside the country, who the Government has designated as being associated with terrorism, although they have not been charged with any crimes. 

It also offers financial incentives to foreigners who claim to have terrorist ties, if they cooperate with US authorities.

“Many of the people targeted by the Rewards for Justice programme have had their due process rights denied”, Alena Douhan,  Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures said, in a statement endorsed by UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

Read more: UN News

The Swiss government on Tuesday defended a new anti-terrorism law that will be put to a nationwide referendum in June and that includes restrictive measures on child suspects.

Under Switzerland's system of direct democracy, a committee collected signatures to force a referendum to overturn the law that was adopted by parliament in September.

The referendum will take place on June 13.

The new law allows the police to intervene with preventative measures if they have concrete and current indications of terrorist activity, the government said in a statement.

Read more: US News & World Report

A Sydney woman found guilty of helping to plan a terror attack has lost her bid for her conviction to be overturned after the High Court dismissed her argument that a married couple could not conspire.

Alo-Bridget Namoa and Sameh Bayda dubbed themselves an "Islamic Bonnie and Clyde".

In 2018, both were found guilty of conspiring to commit random terror attacks on non-Muslims on New Year's Eve 2015.

The attacks were never carried out but during their trial, prosecutors said that Bayda was planning to be part of the attacks with a group of other young men.

Read more: ABC News (Australia)

China is working to challenge the U.S. by doubling its nuclear capacity, besting American capabilities in space and expanding its influence abroad, according to a threat assessment by the U.S. intelligence community published Tuesday that highlights the dangers posed by rogue countries ahead of the non-state terrorism threat that once dominated national security thinking.

The authors of the threat assessment, released ahead of testimony by top intelligence officials before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, note that the order in which topics are presented "does not necessarily indicate their relative importance," but those editorial judgments are not made in a vacuum. For years, the dangers of an al Qaeda attack led the threats assessment, and in more recent years the problem of cyber intrusions was featured first.

Read more: NBC News