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TikTok has removed nearly two dozen accounts responsible for posting ISIS propaganda videos, The Wall Street Journal first reported. The videos reportedly presented armed ISIS militants, corpses and women proclaiming to be “jihadist and proud.”

The posts come on the heels of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria, a time when the so-called Islamic State may look to bolster its strength in the region.

Extremist content is the latest challenge facing TikTok, which made headlines last week after lawmakers and competitors accused the app, which is owned by Beijing-based Bytedance, of censoring content on behalf of the Chinese government. The app has exploded in popularity across the U.S. over the past few months, particularly among teens.

Read more: CNBC

Aircraft security is under the spotlight after the U.S. government confirmed a move to protect citizens from cyberattacks targeting aviation. It comes amid growing concern that aviation is a major target for terrorists, who could use cyberattacks to threaten planes and passengers.

The Department of Home Security is leading the revived program alongside the Pentagon and Transportation Department that aims to test airliners’ vulnerability to hacking, according to the Wall Street Journal. Few details are available, but DHS confirmed that the program would include testing actual aircraft for vulnerabilities.

The program is focusing on protecting the electronic systems of new and old airliners from cyberattacks. Concerns have been growing after cyberattacks on other connected so-called critical infrastructure such as power grids. A U.S. government program is in place to focus on power grids via the SEIA Bill, which mandates the use of specific technologies to help protect the systems underpinning them.

Read more: Forbes

The state’s attorney general is looking to launch a unit to help fight domestic terrorism in the state.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Attorney General Hector Balderas is moving forward with a proposal to create a cybercrime unit. This is an effort to help local law enforcement better identify potential terrorist threats.

So far, Balderas’ office has requested about half a million dollars to launch the new team. It would also require five permanent staff members.

Read more: KRQE

Facebook, Google and Twitter executives told members of Congress on Wednesday that they’ve gotten better and faster at detecting and removing violent extremist content on their social media platforms in the face of hatred-fueled mass shootings.

Questioned at a hearing by the Senate Commerce Committee, the executives said they are spending money on technology to improve their ability to flag extremist content and taking the initiative to reach out to law enforcement authorities to try to head off potential violent incidents.

“We will continue to invest in the people and technology to meet the challenge,” said Derek Slater, Google’s director of information policy.

Read more: Los Angeles Times

The world's largest social media platform will target Australians who search for specific words and terms linked to violent extremism in an effort to combat terrorism and hate organisations.

Users of Facebook and Instagram in Australia who search for terms like "heil Hitler" and "atomwaffen" [a neo-Nazi terrorist network] will trigger an automatic online response.

The pop-up will refer them to EXIT Australia, a not-for-profit organisation founded by former extremists which offers to help individuals seek a safe exit from groups advocating illegal, violent or other extreme action.

Read more: Sydney Morning Herald