Google pledges extra resources to tackle online terror content
Google has introduced further steps to tackle online terrorist material, which it acknowledged poses a serious problem.
The internet company pledged better detection of extremist content and faster review, more experts, tougher standards, early intervention and an expansion of counter-extremism work.
In a blogpost, Kent Walker, senior vicepresident and general counsel at Google, said: “Terrorism is an attack on open societies, and addressing the threat posed by violence and hate is a critical challenge for us all.
“Google and YouTube are committed to being part of the solution. We are working with government, law enforcement and civil society groups to tackle violent extremism online. There should be no place for terrorist content on our services.
“While we and others have worked for years to identify and remove content that violates our policies, the uncomfortable truth is we, as an industry, must acknowledge more needs to be done. Now.”
Google’s engineers have developed technology to prevent re-uploads of known terrorist content using imagematching techniques.
The tech giant says it will devote more engineering resources to apply its most advanced research to train new content classifiers to help identify and remove extremist and terrorism-related content quicker. Google will increase the number