Extremists are ‘so over’ YouTube
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Extremists are ‘so over’ YouTube

According to an intelligence group that tracks online extremism, jihadi terrorists are falling out of love with YouTube. The world’s largest video sharing site, owned by Silicon Valley giant Google, previously came under fire (along with Facebook and others) due to the fact that a range of extremists, like Islamic State and al-Qaeda, were using its platform to spread hate and propaganda. That prompted a harsh crackdown, which appears to be working – good news for Big Tech.

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Researchers at the Site Intelligence Group said that YouTube had made great strides in removing terrorist propaganda. But the news wasn’t all good: Islamic State and al-Qaeda still value sites like Dropbox and Google Drive. They use these sites to hold and share everything from speeches and documentary-style recruitment promos to real footage of battles and executions.

Speaking about the news, Google’s lead on counter terrorism, Will McCants, said: "pleased to see this report detail the strong progress made on YouTube in tackling terrorist content. There’s more to do, but we’re laser-focused on getting this right across the board.”

A Dropbox representative was more defensive, saying: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms any activity on our platform that promotes terrorism."<?p>

The news comes after a difficult year for Big Tech, which has been rocked by scandals like Facebook’s infiltration by Cambridge Analytica (which took place a couple of years ago but came to light more recently).

Researchers described “a dramatic shift away from YouTube” by Jihadis – Google will be hoping that this gives EU authorities confidence that tech platforms can be self-policing. At present, there are talks within the Union of new regulations requiring internet companies to remove all terror content within an hour of notification, or face fines.

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Dominion holds Alphabet, the parent company of Google, in its Global Trends Managed Fund.

 


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