Google joins Facebook in fight against extremist content
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Google announced four new steps the company will be taking in Europe to tackle the problem of violent extremism online.
- Increased use of technology, including machine learning, to help identify extremist and terrorism-related videos
- Increased number of independent experts in YouTube's "Trusted Flagger" program
- Taking a tougher stance on videos that do not clearly violate Google's policies, like those that contain inflammatory religious or supremacist content. (Moving forward, the videos will appear behind an pop-up warning and they will not be monetized, recommended or eligible for comments or user endorsements.)
- Expanding YouTube's role in counter-radicalisation efforts, implementing its counter-terrorism "Redirect Method" program more broadly across Europe.
Why it matters: The announcement comes in response to heightened calls for action by European leaders in light of recent terrorist attacks.
Following Facebook: Facebook announced last week that it is turning to artificial intelligence to better weed out terrorism content on its platform.