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Google, YouTube unveil new measures to combat extremist content

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by Melissa Quinn

Google and YouTube announced new steps the platforms are taking to combat the spread of terrorist material online.

Kent Walker, Google’s general counsel, outlined four additional measures Google and other platforms are taking to fight online terror in a post Sunday on the company’s blog.

“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. Now,” Walker wrote.

Google plans to increase its use of technology that identifies extremist and terrorism-related videos, and is increasing the number of independent experts participating in YouTube’s Trusted Flagger program.

The company also announced it’s taking a “tougher stance” on videos that don’t clearly violate their policies, and will make it more difficult for users to find videos containing “inflammatory religious or supremacist content.”

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