The Hague : European police are probing whether the Islamic State group and other extremists are setting up a social network to spread propaganda, gain funding and avoid security crackdowns, an official said on Thursday.The investigation comes as Europe’s policing agency struck out at online radical groups last week in a two-day operation.  Together with officers from Belgium, Greece, Poland, Portugal and the United States, Europol assessed more than 2,000 pieces of online content last Tuesday and Wednesday as “harmful and illegal” and referred them to online service providers for removal, the agency said in a statement. Among the items referred were propaganda videos and publications glorifying or supporting terrorism and extremism, it said.

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