Google to boost efforts to shut down extremist content online

Google’s top lawyer said Sunday that the company is taking new steps to curb terrorist-related content on the Internet.

“While we and others have worked for years to identify and remove content that violates our policies, the uncomfortable truth is that we, as an industry, must acknowledge that more needs to be done. Now,” Google’s General Counsel Kent Walker wrote in an op-ed for the Financial Times.

Among the steps being taken, Walker said, will be an increase in the use of independent experts in YouTube’s Trusted Flagger program, which allows users to flag inappropriate content.

The company will also take aim at content that doesn’t directly violate its policies but could still contain “inflammatory religious or supremacist content.” Such videos, Walker wrote, would not be monetized, recommended or open for comments.

“That means these videos will have less engagement and be harder to find,” he said. “We think this strikes the right balance between free expression and access to information without promoting…

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