Google intensifies campaign against online extremism

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Google is intensifying its campaign against online extremism, saying it will put more resources toward identifying and removing videos related to terrorism and hate groups.

Google says in a blog post that it will nearly double the number of independent experts it uses to flag problematic content and expand its work with counter-extremist groups to help identify content that may be used to radicalize and recruit extremists.

It will also train more people to identify and remove extremist and terrorism-related content faster.

Google Inc. said it will also take a tougher stance on videos that don’t clearly violate its policies, like those that contain inflammatory religious or supremacist content. That content may still appear, but with a warning.

It is also increasing resources for engineering to identify extremist videos.

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1 Comment

  • rory

    I agree that most sane people can agree on what is extremist and inflammatory. However, it is a slippery slope when you put someone in charge of determining what should stay and what should go. What if said person has extremist views to begin with? What, for example, if you put a Muslim in charge of removing all Christian content? Or a team of Catholics in charge of removing all content that disparages the Vatican? The next step would be to identify the originating IP addresses. Then folks will be swatted for expressing religious views online. This could well be the end of the First Amendment, IMHO.