Government unveils auto-blocking tool for extremist content

Government unveils auto-blocking tool for extremist content

Government unveils auto-blocking tool for extremist content

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

Governments and law enforcement agencies have been pressing social media companies to do more to prevent extremists from using their sites to promote violence and hatred.

The British government Tuesday Feb. 13, 2018 is unveiling new technology to remove extremist material from social media. "This has to be in conjunction, though, of larger companies working with smaller companies".

Mrs May has also frequently cajoled internet companies such as Facebook and Twitter to do more to prevent safe spaces online that allow extremism to proliferate.

John Gibson, director of data science technology at ASI, told The National that the tool could easily be rolled out globally, including in the UAE. That helps it determine whether the content could be Islamic State propaganda. It works by being integrated into the upload process of any platform, and has been created to help smaller tech firms keep terrorist content off of their platforms.

The Home Office and ASI said they would share the methodology behind the new model with smaller companies, in order to help combat the abuse of their platforms by terrorists and their supporters.

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The government also faces a challenge in predicting which platforms terrorists will turn to next.

It was run by thousands of hours of content produced by ISIS which the government believes will automatically mould the tool for analysing, recognising and ultimately blocking extremist content.

But the United Kingdom government has warned that smaller platforms such as Vimeo, and pCloud are increasingly targeted by Daesh and its supporters to spread their propaganda, and these smaller players often do not have the same level of resources to develop technology. Structures have to change.

This exemplifies the "tools as solutions" problem.

Rudd is on a two-day visit to San francisco meeting with tech giants and US officials to discuss how to better combat extremists on Internet platforms.

She discussed the new anti-terror tool on her visit during talks with internet service providers in the country as part of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which was launched a year ago in the aftermath of the UK Parliament attack in March 2017.

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