Google outlines plans to suppress terrorist propaganda
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Google outlines plans to suppress terrorist propaganda

A spate of terror attacks in the UK led politicians to call on Google, as well as other big tech companies, to crack down on the spread of terrorist propaganda online. Now, the search engine and online advertising market leader is responding to those calls, promising to crack down on terrorism-related videos, which have been described as a “petri dish for radical ideology”.

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Google is planning a two-pronged attack on extremist and terrorism-related videos across all its sites, including the internet’s most utilized online video service, YouTube. It has promised to increase its use of technological vetting – such as algorithms that search for specific content – as well as upping the number of people who maintain watchful human eyes on everything that’s uploaded. The company is also pledging to be more strict with content that tows the line – meaning videos that, while not officially forbidden, are nonetheless inflammatory. This means capping their reach, and placing aggressive warnings on them.

In the Financial Times Sunday, Google’s general counsel, Kent Walker, wrote: “while we and others have worked for years to identify and remove content that violates our policies, the uncomfortable truth is that we, as an industry, must acknowledge that more needs to be done. 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.”

The UK Home Office responded to Google’s announcement via an email statement on Sunday, saying: “The measures being implemented by Google, particularly those relating to hateful speakers, are encouraging first steps. However, we feel the technology companies can and must go further and faster, especially in identifying and removing hateful content itself.”

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


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