Major global tech companies pledge to combat cyber extremism

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In a summit held by the White House in mid-September, major tech companies pledged to take new measures to combat cyber extremism by removing additional violent content.

Major companies such as Google, YouTube, and Facebook have come under pressure over the years for allowing hate speech, lies, and violent language on their platforms.

At the summit attended by experts, violence survivors, and local leaders from both parties, US President Joe Biden called on Americans to combat racism and extremism

Furthermore, YouTube announced its intention to expand policies on extremism and violence to delete content that promotes violent behavior, even if the creator is unconnected to a terrorist organization.

Even though the video streaming platform already bans promoting violence, it has not applied these policies to some videos that promoted armed groups involved in the storming of the Capitol building.

For its part, Microsoft pledged to provide a basic and affordable version of its artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to schools and smaller organizations to help them detect and prevent violence.

While Facebook’s parent company Meta announced that it will collaborate with researchers from the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (CTEC).

Source: Reuters 

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