YouTube Added 4 New Steps To Combat Terrorism Content

Terrorism Content

YouTube today announced four new steps the site will be taking to combat terrorism content or terrorist videos. The Google-owned company took the opportunity to discuss the industry’s role not only in identifying but also removing content that violates policies.

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YouTube’ Steps For Fighting Terrorist Videos

YouTube is taking the following four steps to counter terrorist content;

  • Increase the use of technology to help identify extremist and terrorism-related videos. YouTube has used video analysis models to find and assess more than 50 percent of the terrorism-related content it has removed over the past six months, but it will now devote more engineering resources to apply its most advanced machine learning research to train new “content classifiers.”
  • Increase the number of independent experts in YouTube’s Trusted Flagger programme by adding 50 expert NGOs on top of the existing 63 organizations. While many user flags can be inaccurate, YouTube says Trusted Flagger reports are accurate over 90 percent of the time.

  • Take a tougher stance on videos that do not clearly violate YouTube’s policies. For example, videos that contain inflammatory religious or supremacist content will soon appear behind an interstitial warning and will not be monetised, recommended, or eligible for comments or user endorsements.
  • Work with Jigsaw to implement the “Redirect Method” more broadly across Europe. This is the use of targeted online advertising to reach potential ISIS recruits and redirect them towards anti-terrorist videos. Potential recruits have so far clicked through on the ads at an unusually high rate and watched over half a million minutes of video content that debunks terrorist recruiting messages.

Google said because extremists and terrorist attack are open and free to our society they attack our security and values. Google has recently joined hands with other tech companies including Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter to expand its reach to tackle terrorism content online.

Kent Walker 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 the problem of violent extremism online. There should be no place for terrorist content on our services.

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