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United Kingdom minister touts automated effort to combat extremism online

United Kingdom minister touts automated effort to combat extremism online

"We're not going to rule out taking legislative action if we need to do it, but I remain convinced that the best way to take real action, to have the best outcomes, is to have an industry-led forum like the one we've got".

The objective of these videos is to incite violence in our communities, recruit people to their cause, and attempt to spread fear in our society.

There in northern California the politician will meet with various tech industry representatives, and United States government politicians, to discuss tackling terrorist content online.

The tool, developed with United Kingdom company ASI Data Science at a cost of £600.000, claims to be able to identify 94 per cent of the online activity of Islamic State (IS), with 99 per cent accuracy.

The UK has declared a tool to have been created to correctly spot extremist material online and block it.

It says that the system uses advanced machine learning to analyze the sound and visual components of videos for "subtle signals" and determine whether they could be Islamic State propaganda.

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.

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Thanks to the internet and the rise of social media, we're starting to see how extremist groups are leveraging the use of these technologies to spread their message to the masses.

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. "So we're very keen that the tool is used as widely as possible".

The UK's Home Office said it has found a way to automatically detect terrorist content on any online platform. "This has to be in conjunction, though, of larger companies working with smaller companies".

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

Last year, IS supporters in Britain used more than 400 separate online platforms for propaganda, according to British Home Office analysis.

In Silicon Valley, the home secretary told the BBC the tool was made as a way to demonstrate that the government's demand for a clampdown on extremist activity was not unreasonable.

"I think it's a positive step but it shouldn't be considered a solution the problem", he said.


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