YouTube, one of the exceptionally useful websites on the Internet, has been struggled for years with videos that endorse offensive viewpoints but don’t inevitably infringe the company’s guidelines for exclusion. Now, it is lifting up a new approach – bury them. According to the latest reports, YouTube announces new measures to curb extremist videos online.
Google, YouTube’s parent company, introduced a set of four new measures to combat the spread of terrorist material online. The tech major said that the threat causes a severe challenge and more instantaneous action needs to be taken.
So in order to curb extremist videos, YouTube introduces four new measures: improved detection of extremist content and quicker review, stronger standards, more experts, and early intervention and enlarging counter-extremism work. Kent Walker, 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.”
He further added that Google and YouTube are committed to being part of the solution. The company is working with law enforcement, government, and civil society groups to tackle the problem of fierce extremism online. He said that with these new YouTube policies, there should be no place for terrorist content on the streaming site.
As per Google, its engineers have developed a technology to avert re-uploads of known terrorist content. The tech giant used image-matching techniques to develop the technology.
YouTube will take a tougher stance on videos that don’t breach its policies. In future, videos containing inflammatory spiritual or supremacist content will appear behind warning messages and will not support ads. Google will increase the number of independent professionals in YouTube’s Trusted Flagger program. Along with this, it will also extend its work with counter-extremism groups to help recognize content that may be being used to radicalize.
YouTube, one of the best websites to watch free movies online, will enlarge its role in counter-radicalization efforts. Its approach aims online advertising to reach potential Islamic State recruits and redirects them towards anti-terrorist YouTube videos that can change their mind about joining.
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Labour’s Yvette Cooper, chair of the Commons home affairs select committee, welcomed Google’s pledges. She said,
“This is a very welcome step forward from Google after the [committee] called on them to take more responsibility for searching for illegal content.”
Google is also working together with Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft to set up an international forum to share and develop technology and support smaller corporations and speed up its joint efforts to curb terrorism online.