Date
23 August 2017
Google said it is creating new policies and practices to suppress terrorism-related videos. Photo: Bloomberg
Google said it is creating new policies and practices to suppress terrorism-related videos. Photo: Bloomberg

Google working with other web firms to fight terrorism online

Alphabet Inc.’s Google said it is working with other internet firms, including Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter, to share and develop technology as well as accelerate joint efforts to tackle terrorism online.

In an opinion piece in the Financial Times on Sunday, Google’s senior vice-president and general counsel Kent Walker said the company is creating new policies and practices to suppress terrorism-related videos.

Google’s move is in response to British lawmakers who have said the internet is a petri dish for radical ideology, Bloomberg said.

Google will increase its use of technology to identify extremist and terrorism-related videos across its sites, which include YouTube, and will boost the number of people who screen for terrorism-related content, Walker said.

It will also be more aggressive in putting warnings on and limiting the reach of content that, while not officially forbidden, is still inflammatory.

“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,” he said.

Google and other social media and search sites are facing pressure to quickly remove posts by terrorist groups, such as Islamic State or ISIS.

After seven people were killed and 48 injured in an attack in London this month, British officials have focused on sites seen as enabling extremists to recruit followers, coordinate attacks and spread propaganda, Bloomberg said.

“We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed,” UK Prime Minister Theresa May said earlier this month.

The proposed legislation would force social networks to make user data available to domestic security forces.

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