Google Creates New Policies And Practices To Suppress Terrorism-related Videos

Gwen Vasquez
June 19, 2017

He said video analysis models had been used to find and assess more than half the terrorism-related content that Google had removed over the past six months.

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

It will expand the program by adding 50 expert NGOs to the 63 organisations who are already part of it, and offer them support with operational grants.

On Sunday, Walker posted an op-ed in the Financial Times that listed four distinct steps Google is taking to fight extremists who harness the power of tools like YouTube to spread their messages.

It has pledged better detection of extremist content and faster review, more experts, tougher standards and an expansion of counter-radicalisation work.

The company will also take aim at content that doesn't directly violate its policies, but could still contain "inflammatory religious or supremacist content".

Thirdly, and perhaps most significantly for your average YouTube user, the online video behemoth "will be taking a tougher stance on videos that do not clearly violate [its] policies".

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"Collectively, these changes will make a difference".

Mr Johnson is expected to tell his European Union counterparts: "We all want to protect our people so we must say together that enough is enough - 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".

In March, many big-name companies in the United States and UK pulled their ads from YouTube and the Google Display Network after it was noticed that they were showing up on videos that contained sexist, extremist and racist content. Together, we can build lasting solutions that address threats to our security. "We are committed to playing our part". The goal is to establish an worldwide forum to share and develop technology, support smaller companies, and accelerate the joint effort to tackle terrorism online.

Labour's Yvette Cooper welcomed the "step foward".

She said: "This is a very welcome step forward from Google after the Home Affairs Select Committee called on them to take more responsibility for searching for illegal content".

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

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