YouTube and Facebook pledge to fight online extremism and educate young users: report

YouTube and Facebook reportedly pledged on Thursday to take additional steps to remove violent content from their platforms as part of efforts to combat online extremism. The Alphabet-owned streaming service also said it would take steps to educate younger users about identifying misinformation and manipulation tactics. Microsoft also said it will provide a cheaper version of a tool used to detect and prevent violence in schools and small organizations, according to a report. Internet companies have come under intense government scrutiny following the attack on the US Capitol that took place on January 6, 2021.

At a White House summit on combating hate-fueled violence, YouTube said it would remove content that encouraged or glorified acts of violence from the video streaming platform, and that the removal would take place even if the uploader was not a member of an extremist group. organization, according to a Reuters report.

Meanwhile, the report says YouTube has also announced that it will educate young users using the service about misinformation and ways to detect manipulated content online.

Facebook, owned by Meta, has partnered with researchers from the Center on Terrorism, Extremism and Counterterrorism at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, according to the report, while Microsoft will provide schools and small organizations with a version cheapest of the company’s AI and machine learning tools used to identify and prevent violence.

Earlier this month it was reported that Parler, the social media app that gained popularity with conservatives in the US, has returned to the Google Play Store more than a year after it was taken down. due to its failure to monitor violent content believed to have led to the attack on the US Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump on January 6, 2021.

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