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Google amps up its crackdown on extremist content

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Google amps up its crackdown on extremist content

Google announced that it would step up its fight against terrorist content through various measures, combining technical and human solutions.

First, the company will expand its automated systems that identifiy terrorism-related videos. Although making the distinction between news reports and authentic terrorism propaganda may in some cases be difficult, Google says it is dedicating more engineering resources to improve its related algorithm.

Morevoer, Google will expand YouTube’s Trusted Flagger programme, increasing the number of contributors who flag problematic videos.

The company will also take a tougher stance on videos that don’t explicitly violate its policies, but that are still seen as problematic. These videos will be presented with a warning, and will not be monetised or be available to comments.

Finally, Google said it would increase its counter-radicalisation measures, targeting potential Isis recruits with videos that debunk recruiting messages.

Speaking to the Guardian, Yvette Cooper, chair of the Commons home affairs select committee in the UK, said Google’s commitment was welcome, even if unlikely to be fully sufficient.

The Next Web was particularly positive about the idea of using AI to identify people that could be sensitive to radicalisation, even if “in the end, we’ll need humans to talk to humans in order to fix what’s broken in our society”.

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Teemu Henriksson

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2017-06-19 12:34

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