Google Announces New Plans to Remove Extremist Content on YouTube

Google intensifies campaign against online extremism

Google intensifies campaign against online extremism

Just three days after Facebook launched its new effort to tackle terrorism online, Google on Monday announced four steps they are taking to fight online terror.

Technology firms, including Google and its video site YouTube, have been accused of dragging their feet and failing to remove extremist material quickly enough.

During the session, Pellegrino said that while there have been calls for all YouTube content to be pre-verified, it would not take that approach and defended the "diversity of voice" Google's platform offers.

And while the search giant knows that it has already taken certain measures, such as reviewing and removing abusive content, using cutting-edge machine learning and image-matching technology to prevent re-uploads, to curb the spread of extremist content, it has now acknowledged that it needs to adopt more steps. It's giving grants to 50 NGOs so they can help provide assistance about types of content.

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.

YouTube's Trusted Flagger program, a community of volunteers who rate videos will be expanded by recruiting and funding 50 more non-government organisations with expertise in matters like hate speech, self-harm, and terrorism, so that Youtube can benefit from more people capable of making "nuanced decisions about the line between violent propaganda and religious or newsworthy speech".

The company will do more with counter-radicalisation efforts by building off of its "Creators for Change programme", which will redirect users targeted by extremist groups such as Islamic State (IS) to counter-extremist content.

We expect that Google will be rolling out these initiatives on YouTube over the coming months.

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Google also said that they have also recently committed to working with industry colleagues including Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter to establish an worldwide forum to share and develop technology and support smaller companies and accelerate joint efforts to tackle terrorism online. Would you do us a favor?

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

'We must not let them. And we will keep working on the problem until we get the balance right.

"Together, we can build lasting solutions that address the threats to our security and our freedoms".

It is a sweeping and complex challenge. "We are committed to playing our part", Walker concluded.

Labour's Yvette Cooper, chair of the Commons home affairs select committee, welcomed the pledges.

'News that Google will now proactively scan content is therefore welcome, though there is still more to do.

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