Google tightens measures to remove extremist content on YouTube

Alphabet Inc’s Google will implement more measures to identify and
remove terrorist or violent extremist content on its video sharing
platform YouTube, the company said in a blog post on Sunday.

Google said it would take a tougher position on videos containing
supremacist or inflammatory religious content by issuing a warning and
not monetizing or recommending them for user endorsements, even if they
do not clearly violate its policies.

The company will also employ more engineering resources and increase
its use of technology to help identify extremist videos, in addition to
training new content classifiers to quickly identify and remove such
content.

“While we and others have worked for years to identify and remove
content that violates our policies, the uncomfortable truth is that we,
as an industry, must acknowledge that more needs to be done. Now,” said
Google’s general counsel Kent Walker.
Google will expand its collaboration with counter-extremist groups to
identify content that may be used to radicalize and recruit extremists,
it said.

The company will also reach potential Islamic State recruits through
targeted online advertising and redirect them towards anti-terrorist
videos in a bid to change their minds about joining.
Germany, France and Britain, countries where civilians have been
killed and wounded in bombings and shootings by Islamist militants in
recent years, have pressed Facebook and other providers of social media
such as Google and Twitter to do more to remove militant content and
hate speech.

Facebook on Thursday offered additional insight on its efforts to
remove terrorism content, a response to political pressure in Europe to
militant groups using the social network for propaganda and recruiting.
Facebook has ramped up use of artificial intelligence such as image
matching and language understanding to identify and remove content
quickly, the company said in a blog post.
source : thehimalayantimes

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