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US Department of Homeland Security invests in Roblox counterterrorism

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The US Department of Homeland Security has awarded nearly $700,000 to address threats of extremism on social gaming platforms, with Roblox counterterrorism research playing a significant role in the initiative.

The allocation of funds represents the first time the DHS has allocated funding to combat extremism and radicalisation within online gaming communities.

Spearheaded by Middlebury College’s Institute of International Studies, which hosts the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism, the research program is set to last about two years.

Other partners include Take This, which explores the relationship between gaming and mental health, and Logically, which tackles problematic online behaviour at scale, according to Vice’s Motherboard.

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