Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Google's fight against online terror

Google's fight against online terror

Google will expand its collaboration with counter-extremist groups to identify content that may be used to radicalize and recruit extremists, it said.

Google has announced four additional steps it will take in the fight against online terror, specifically on YouTube, as it looks to reassure users and advertisers it is taking a tough stance on brand safety and content control. The company said that it's also been working with government, law enforcement and civil society groups for this objective. The uncomfortable truth is that we as an industry.

Google will increase its use of technology to identify extremist and terrorism-related videos across its sites, which include YouTube, and will boost the number of people who screen for terrorism-related content, Google's General Counsel Kent Walker wrote in an editorial in the Financial Times Sunday. "This is a very welcome step forward from Google after the [committee] called on them to take more responsibility for searching for illegal content", she said.

The company promise faster review, more experts, tougher standards and an expansion of counter-radicalisation efforts to automatically scan content and remove hate. This is the software that will ideally help identify inappropriate videos automatically and distinguish between propaganda or glorification of terrorist content and legitimate reports on such content by reputable journalistic networks.

The first step, according to Walker, will be to increase Google's use of technology to identify content posted by extremists and terrorists.

This programme works with YouTube content creators to promote voices against hate and discrimination.

Throughout the entire post, he paid attention to Google's intention to attain balance free and open societies and prevention of online terrorism, which aims to dissipate these same values.

The Google column in the FT comes days after Facebook published a blog post detailing the various efforts it was making to try and tackle terrorism. "We will expand this programme by adding 50 expert NGOs to the 63 organisations who are already part of the programme, and we will support them with operational grants".

"Together, we can build lasting solutions that address the threats to our security and our freedoms", he wrote in the op-ed. It is a sweeping and complex challenge. It has been joined by their industry colleagues-including Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter, who're now working on the development of a common platform to accelerate their rate of action against extremist content online. "We are committed to playing our part", Walker concluded.

Google has said that although "extremely violent" videos will be allowed to stay on the platform, advertising will not be sold to appear alongside them.

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