Jun 19, 2017

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.

  1. Increased use of technology, including machine learning, to help identify extremist and terrorism-related videos
  2. Increased number of independent experts in YouTube's "Trusted Flagger" program
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.

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West Virginia is latest state to delay primary due to coronavirus

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice rescheduled the state's May 12 primary election to June 9 on Wednesday, citing fears surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, AP reports.

Why it matters: 23 other states and the District of Columbia haven't held primaries yet. The White House is recommending, for now, that Americans practice social distancing and gather in groups of no more than 10 people — while many states have issued stay-at-home orders.

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Florida governor issues stay-at-home order

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered a statewide stay-at-home order on Wednesday after the number of coronavirus cases in the state rose to nearly 7,000.

Why it matters: DeSantis has been criticized for declining to order any statewide mandates to curb the spread of coronavirus as Florida — home to a significant elderly population — has increasingly become a hotspot. The order will go into effect Thursday at midnight and last for 30 days.