Report: YouTube and META will expand policy and research to combat online extremism

Major tech companies have committed to taking new steps to combat online extremism by removing the most violent content and promoting a media culture with young users, as part of the White House Summit on Combating Violence That Feeds Hate.

Platforms such as Facebook and YouTube have come under fire for years from critics who say companies have allowed hate speech, lies and violent rhetoric to flourish on their services, while US President Joe Biden earlier on Thursday called on Americans to combat racism and extremism during a White House summit that brought together experts, survivors and included local leaders. of the two parties.

YouTube said it would expand its policies on violent extremism to remove content that glorifies violence, even if the creators of the videos are not linked to a terrorist organization. Promote the militia groups involved in the January 6 storming of the Capitol.

A May Tech Transparency Project report found 435 pro-militia videos on YouTube, including 85 videos posted since the January 6 attack, and some of the videos offered training tips, such as how to carry out guerrilla-style ambushes.

YouTube spokesperson Jack Malone declined to say if the service would change its approach to such content under the new policy, but said the update enables it to move forward with law enforcement more than it previously did.

YouTube also said it would launch a media literacy campaign to teach younger users how to spot manipulative tactics used to spread misinformation, and Microsoft said it would make a basic and affordable version of its AI and machine learning tools available to schools and smaller organizations in order to help them detect and prevent violence. .

Meta, the owner of Facebook, announced that it will partner with researchers from the Center for the Study of Terrorism, Extremism and Counterterrorism at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Jan 6.

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