United Kingdom govt unveils multi-platform system to detect terrorist content online

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The British government has this week unveiled an AI tool that it claims can automatically detect terrorist content on any online platform.

According to the BBC, UK home secretary Amber Rudd said the government may end up legally forcing tech companies to use the tool.

Larger tech companies such as Facebook have started using their own AI tools to remove terror content.

The Home Office said it had worked with London-based ASI Data Science to develop the AI tool, which utilises "advanced machine learning to analyse the audio and visuals of a video to determine whether it could be Daesh (ISIS) propaganda".

Rudd told the BBC the tool demonstrated that the government's request for a stricter examination of extremist content was not an unreasonable one.

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Anything the software was not sure about would then be flagged up for a human decision to be taken.

"I hope this new technology the Home Office has helped develop can support others to go further and faster", Rudd said before the meetings.

"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", Ms Rudd said.

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

13, 2018 is unveiling new technology to remove extremist material from social media.

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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.

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. "For smaller companies, this could be ideal". "Because we know that terrorist content isn't just a problem for the Facebooks and Googles of this world, but for smaller platforms too", Ms Rudd said.

The UK government has released new software created to block extremist content online, which it says it could force technology companies to adopt.

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

"The tool can be used by any platform, and integrated into the upload process, so that the majority of video propaganda is stopped before it ever reaches the Internet", the Home Office added in a statement.

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

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