Tech Giants Quietly Automating Process To Remove Extremist Content From Sites

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The technology that was designed to remove videos from the Internet with copyrighted content could be used for good, according to a report from Reuters. That use? To fight extremism.

Two sources close to the proceedings at some of the largest technology companies, including YouTube and Facebook, said automation was quietly being used to remove extremist content from their sites, including Islamic State videos. Videos could be checked against a database of previously-banned videos to look for reposted content. It wasn’t clear how much of this process would be automated, but the sources claim that the same technology that finds copyrighted content could be used to find videos of decapitations and other violent scenes. YouTube, for example, uses Content IDs to check new uploads against a list of submitted claims by copyright holders. Read More: Gizmodo

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