Google joins fight against ISISGoogle joined the fight against Terror organisation ISIS on 3rd February 2016.
A senior executive for the Tech giant announced: ‘Those who try to search for extremist-related data in Google’s search engine will be diverted to anti-radicalization sites instead’
This is in the framework of two pilot programs aimed at curbing Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) influence online.
The other program will focus on easier identification of extremist videos, Anthony House, Google’s senior manager for public policy and communications, said at a counter-extremism hearing in the UK parliament. Facebook and Twitter representatives were also present at the hearing.
“We should get the bad stuff down, but it’s also extremely important that people are able to find good information, that when people are feeling isolated, that when they go online, they find a community of hope, not a community of harm,” House emphasized, according to the Guardian.
He added that 14 million videos were taken down from YouTube in 2014 for a number of reasons, including terrorist content. The company also noted some 100,000 ‘flags’ – signals that users find certain content inappropriate.
Facebook has turned into a “hostile place” for IS, according to Simon Milner, Facebook’s policy director for UK and Ireland, Middle East, Africa and Turkey.
“Keeping people safe is our number one priority. Isis is part of that, but it’s absolutely not the only extremist organization or behavior that we care about,” Milner said.