United Kingdom unveils tools to block extremist content online

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The British government has unveiled a tool that can accurately detect extremist content and block it from being viewed, the media reported on Tuesday.

The technology in question was created by the Home Office and ASI Data Science and uses machine learning artificial intelligence to analyse audio and video and determine whether it contains any extremist content.

Rudd is now on a visit to San Francisco where she is meeting with the main communication service providers in Silicon Valley to discuss tackling terrorist content online, while also meet with the US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen to discuss how the United Kingdom and US can work together to keep the internet clear of extremism.

Unilever on Monday added its voice to those demanding action. Some larger online platforms and companies have developed their own tools to filter out terrorist propaganda and similar video nasties and thus those who want to share and spread such content have turned their attention to a wide range of smaller platforms.

Many companies with huge online platforms, such as Google and Facebook, already claimed to have developed technology to root out extremist content.

Speaking to the BBC, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that she hasn't ruled out the possibility of forcing tech companies to use their technology.

"It's a very convincing example of the fact that you can have the information you need to make sure this material doesn't go online in the first place", she told the BBC.

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

Rudd has this week travelled to Silicon Valley to hold a series of meetings with the main communication service providers to discuss tackling terrorist content online.

The Home Secretary and US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen visited senior executives from leading venture capital firms, asking them to ensure the start-ups they invested in had taken appropriate anti-terrorist measures.

The Home Office and ASI 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. New Home Office research shows that 145 new platforms from July until the end of 2017 had not been used for terrorist content before.

Rudd is on a two-day visit to San francisco meeting with tech giants and USA officials to discuss how to better combat extremists on Internet platforms.

The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, launched a year ago, brings together several governments including the USA and United Kingdom, and major internet firms like Facebook, Google, Twitter and others.

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