Alphabet Inc.’s Google says it is creating new policies and practices to suppress terrorism-related videos, a response to United Kingdom lawmakers who have said the internet is a petri dish for radical ideology.
Google is rolling out more measures to identify and remove terrorist content on YouTube, saying there should be “no place for terrorist content on our services”.
In response, a spokesperson for the U.K.’s Home Office called on companies to work toward implementing technology to identify, remove and even prevent extremist content from being widely distributed on their sites.
Google has revealed today an additional four steps it will take in order to tackle online terror.
“The company says AI was used to identify 50 per cent of the terror content it’s removed in the past six months, but says it needs to “. devote more engineering resources to apply our most advanced machine learning research to train new “content classifiers” to help us more quickly identify and remove extremist and terrorism-related content”.
The second step will be to greatly increase the number of “independent experts in YouTube’s Trusted Flagger program“.
We have invested in systems that use content-based signals to help identify new videos for removal.
Google said it would rely on the specialized knowledge of groups with experts on issues like hate speech, self-harm and terrorism. Such content will also not be eligible for monetization, recommendations, and comments and user endorsements. She said: ‘The committee recommended that they should be more proactive in searching for – and taking down – extremist content. 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.
“Collectively, these changes will make a difference”, wrote Walker. “Terrorism affects us all and we need a common approach to ensure the problem gets solved, and at a much faster pace than we are seeing right now”.
“Extremists and terrorists seek to attack and erode not just our security, but also our values, the very things that make our societies open and free”.
It is a sweeping and complex challenge.
To that end, Walker also mentioned that Google is working with Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter to create an worldwide forum devoted to combating terrorist activities online. “We are committed to playing our part”. In that context, it appears that Google’s op-ed is (aside from its purely positive intentions) an attempt to influence United Kingdom away from internet regulation that could take more control out of the hands of internet behemoths like Google. See the original post here. A 2014 report by the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence found that more than half of ISIS recruits follow Jibril on Facebook or Twitter.