Silicon Valley giants chip in to minimize the availability of extremist content online

The efforts of Facebook, Google and Twitter in removing violent jihadist content from online repositories which had acted as breeding ground, have yielded significant results.

In efforts aimed at containing the growing threats of extremism in the UK, Facebook has launched a program in the country through which it will train and fund local organisations to combat extremist materials online.

This is one of several efforts made by Facebook to clamp down on violent online content, their services and hate speech.

In a statement, the company stated, it will be launching the Online Civil Courage Initiative in the UK on Friday.

“There is no place for hate or violence on Facebook,” said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer.

“We use technology like AI to find and remove terrorist propaganda, and we have teams of counterterrorism experts and reviewers around the world working to keep extremist content off our platform.”

On its part, the British government has increased pressure on tech companies to do their part and take down extremist online propaganda which fosters “safe places” for extremists and act as their breeding ground.

Silicon Valley giants, including, Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook, and Twitter Inc have responded by saying they have invested heavily in the form of technology and manpower to take down hate speech and violent content.

As a result, recruiting efforts made by jihadists have reduced significantly, said security analysts.

Earlier this week, British Prime Minister Theresa May had urged fellow leaders at the European Union to join her efforts in putting pressure on tech companies to ‘rid terrorist material from the internet in all our languages’.


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