More must be done about extremist content online, says Google

Google has introduced four new measures to tackle the spread of terrorist material online, saying the threat poses a serious challenge and that more immediate action needs to be taken.

It has pledged better detection of extremist content and faster review, more experts, tougher standards and an expansion of counter-radicalisation work.

Kent Walker, a senior vice-president and general counsel at Google, said in a blog post: “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 the problem of 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 that we, as an industry, must acknowledge that more needs to be done. Now.”

Google says its engineers have developed technology to prevent re-uploads of known terrorist content, using image-matching techniques.

Google will increase the number of independent experts in YouTube’s Trusted Flagger programme, and will expand its work with counter-extremism groups to help identify content that may be being used to radicalise.

It will take a tougher stance on videos that contain inflammatory religious or supremacist content.

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This is another attempt at passing laws to silence people. This censorship is enforced to silence criticism of the government and the media and if these laws continue to be changed in favour of the corporate media and as an attack on peoples freedom eventually all we will have left as a source of information is the mainstream corporate media. I think the mainstream media have done a pretty good job exposing themselves over the last few years.

Like the war on drugs the war on information is not about protecting civilians its about control.

Google have already done a lot to remove what they consider to be “extremist content” they have stopped adverts, closed down thousands of YouTube channels and removed (probably) millions of videos, what else should they do? Some believe they have already done too much.

The media are pushing for Internet censorship because the Internet is killing them, mocking them and making them look stupid.

If the government do want to remove “illegal material” surely they should first have to prove the material is illegal through some kind of court system and explain why the material has been removed.

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