Google pledges ex­tra re­sources to tackle on­line ter­ror con­tent

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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

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