Google and YouTube to combat online terrorism

Google and YouTube to combat online terrorism

Google has introduced four new measures to tackle the spread of terrorist material online, saying the threat poses a serious challenge and that more immediate action needs to be taken.

Google will devote more engineering resources to apply its most advanced machine learning research to train new content classifiers to help identify and remove extremist and terrorism-related content more quickly.

Google will increase the number of independent experts in YouTube's Trusted Flagger programme. It will also expand its work with counter-extremist groups to help identify content that may be being used to radicalise and recruit extremists.

The company will take a tougher stance on videos that do not clearly violate its policies. In the future, videos such that contain inflammatory religious or supremacist content will appear behind an interstitial warning and they will not be monetised, recommended or eligible for comments or user endorsements.

Google-owned YouTube will expand its role in counter-radicalisation efforts. Its approach targets online advertising to reach potential Islamic State recruits, and redirects them towards anti-terrorist videos that can change their minds about joining, Mirror reported.


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