Google takes steps to curb terrorist propaganda on its search engines.
In response to recent series of terrorist events in the UK and the rest of the world (including Singapore), Google has promised to take steps to curb the proliferation and viewing of terrorist-related videos on the internet, which UK lawmakers say is a “petri dish for radical ideology”.
Google’s General Counsel Kent Walker wrote in the Financial Times Sunday that the search engine said that it will leverage its technology to identify terrorist-related activity across its sites, including those on YouTube, and will increase the number of staff tasked for filtering terrorist-related content.
“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.”
Part of Google’s strategy is to label and limit the spread on terrorist content, and warn users beforehand without resorting to blocking it.
Social media and search engines are now under pressure to remove posts and content by terrorist groups like ISIS. In the UK, officials are creating new laws and that focus regulating and countering sites that recruit and coordinate terrorist activities, as well as spreading its agenda.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May supports the proposed a legislation that would open up social networks and user data available to domestic security scrutiny, saying: “We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed,”
Google’s new anti-terror laws will work to rapidly identify and remove hateful content online. A scrutiny on data security and antitrust on the search engine in Europe, in which advertisers have pulled spending from running videos that carry offensive content, including terrorist videos.
Mr Walker added that Google is also improvising on its online advertising capabilities to redirect users that are potentially in the way of finding terrorist media toward anti-terrorist videos instead.