Google tightens measures to remove extremist content on YouTube

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 19, 2017

"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", Walker wrote in a blog post.

We have thousands of people around the world who review and counter abuse of our platforms.

Google says its engineers have developed technology to prevent re-uploads of known terrorist content, using image-matching techniques.

YouTube will take new steps to combat extremist- and terrorist-related videos, parent company Google said Sunday. This is their latest move against extremist and terror-based video content on YouTube. According to news media reports, friends and relatives of Khuram Shazad Butt, identified as one of the three knife-wielding attackers on London Bridge, were anxious about the influence of YouTube videos of sermons by Ahmad Musa Jibril, an Islamic cleric from Dearborn, Michigan. Recall that the social media has come under intense pressure from different quarters to take more actions against terrorism.

Google will devote more engineering resources to apply its most advanced machine learning research to train new content classifiers.

Secondly, the company hopes to greatly increase its amount of Trusted Flaggers on YouTube by nearly doubling the amount of Non-Government Organizations (NGO) that are already operating, and financially backing them up with operational grants.

We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are when it comes to Islamist extremism.

This expansion would allow the company to draw on specialty groups to target specific types of videos, such as self-harm and terrorism.

YouTube has already taken some stringent steps to improve on the placement of ads on the platform, but it is now also adding an interstitial warning and stripping the video of monetization if it contains inflammatory religious or supremacist content.

Finally, YouTube will expand its role in counter-radicalisation efforts. The company hopes to achieve this by working with Jigsaw to implement the "Redirect Method" more broadly across Europe. To describe it simply, adverts that attempt to lure folks to join the ranks of a terrorist organisation will redirect users to content that debunk terrorist recruiting messages. The world's top tech companies are already working together to share technologies that can help themselves and smaller players address the problem of extremist content, with Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter already part of an worldwide forum.

"Collectively, these changes will make a difference", wrote Walker.

Because extremists and terrorists attack our security as well as our values, they are against exactly what make our societies open and free.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Mr Johnson said: "We are pushing back Daesh militarily, but the threat we face is evolving rather than disappearing as they lose ground in Iraq and Syria".

It is a sweeping and complex challenge. See the original post here.

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