YouTube Sets New Policies to Curb Extremist Videos

“That means these videos will have less engagement and be harder to find,” Kent Walker, Google’s general counsel and senior vice president, wrote in a company blog post on Sunday. “We think this strikes the right balance between free expression and access to information without promoting extremely offensive viewpoints.”

Google, which has relied on computer-based video analysis for the removal of most of its terrorism-related content, said it would devote more engineering resources to help identify and remove potentially problematic videos. It also said it would enlist experts from nongovernmental organizations to help determine which videos were violent propaganda and which were religious or newsworthy speech.

Google said it would rely on the specialized knowledge of groups with experts on issues like hate speech, self-harm and terrorism. The company also said it planned to work with counter-extremist groups to help identify content aimed at radicalizing or recruiting extremists.

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