Britain to unveil new tech to fight extremist content online


Silicon Valley giants such as Facebook and Google are pouring their own resources into solving this problem, but this tool is at first meant to be used by small companies, and they may one day be forced to use it. "We're not going to rule out taking legislative action if we need to do it", Rudd warned.

The objective of these videos is to incite violence in our communities, recruit people to their cause, and attempt to spread fear in our society.

While the social network says that it has made progress in the detection and removal of such content, the unveiling of a new government-backed system would seem to indicate that the United Kingdom government is unhappy with the speed at which things have progressed, or that it prefers the idea of being in control of the detection tool itself.

Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly expressed concerns over the proliferation of extremist material online.

ASI Data Science said the software can be configured to detect 94% of IS video uploads. That helps it determine whether the content could be Islamic State propaganda. There are tools out there that can do exactly what we're asking for.

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While predominantly aimed at smaller companies without their own solutions to the problem, the government hasn't ruled out passing law to force businesses to use the software. But the government said its algorithm could be used by smaller platforms that do not have the same level of resources to develop technology.

She said Britain had teamed up with London-based ASI Data Science "to develop technology that can identify online terrorist content with a higher degree of accuracy than any other publicly known technology available".

The news comes as Rudd is in the USA to meet with tech giants to discuss ways of working to collaboratively counteract the emergence of online extremist content.

"The tool can be used by any platform, and integrated into the upload process, so that the majority of video propaganda is stopped before it ever reaches the Internet", the Home Office added in a statement. In September 2017, European political leaders said heavy fines would be in order for companies that didn't remove extremist content fast enough.

The home secretary will also meet with the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which was launched past year in the aftermath of the Westminster Bridge attack that left five dead.