YouTube Continues Pledge to Combat Terrorist Content With Redirect Messages

YouTube continues to fight extremist propaganda in its platform.				Reuters

The move will blacklist a glossary of unspecified terror-related keywords, referring individuals using the search terms to a curated playlist of videos created to "debunk violent extremist recruiting narratives".

"This early product integration of the Redirect Method on YouTube is our latest effort to provide more resources and more content that can help change minds of people at risk of being radicalized", Google's blog post says.

After advertisers noticed that their ads were being placed alongside hateful and extremist videos on YouTube, Google promised that it would remove ads from the videos as well as protect viewers from potentially harmful messaging.

Alphabet stock traded slightly down in early afternoon.

Those searching for terrorist propaganda on YouTube are going to have a pretty hard time finding it. In a long article on the topic, Motherboard writes, "I$3 n order to prevent users from flagging explicit or inflammatory extremist videos, terrorist media groups and disseminators like The Upload Knights and AQ's As-Sahab Media Foundation often label YouTube videos as 'unlisted, ' meaning that the videos can not be searched-only accessed if you are given the link".

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In the past, YouTube has taken a reactive approach to content that violates its terms of service: After human users or the site's algorithm flag offending videos, YouTube deletes the videos and blocks the accounts responsible. Besides Jigsaw, YouTube is working with expert non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to create content that will counter extremist messages at different levels.

"Using machine learning to dynamically update the search query terms". According to YouTube's blog, this is part of Google's larger initiative to push back against such content that keeps popping up on its video platform. Google says it will measure success based on the amount of engagement the debunking videos get from the Redirect Method.

While superficially commendable, the Redirect Method does raise the specter of intervention and censorship.

To combat extremist and terrorism content, the tech giants, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube have created a joint forum to fight against extremist and terrorism propaganda.

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