Google developing free anti-terrorism moderating tool that may be used by smaller websites to discover and remove terrorist content.
The Financial Times reports that Google’s Jigsaw research and development team and the UN-backed Internet Against Terrorism project, which aids tech companies in combating online terrorism, are working together to develop the software.
“There are a lot of websites that just don’t have any people to do the enforcement. It is a really labour-intensive thing to even build the algorithms [and] then you need all those human reviewers,” Yasmin Green, chief executive of Jigsaw, was quoted as saying.
She continued, “(Smaller websites) do not want Isis content there, but there is a ton of it all over (them).”
The move comes as internet companies will be forced to remove extremist content from their platforms or face fines and other penalties under laws, said the report.
The Jigsaw project is supported by GIFCT (Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism), a non-governmental organization created in 2017 by Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube to encourage cooperation amongst numerous tech platforms, according to the article.
In the meantime, Meta released a new open-source software tool called “Hasher-Matcher-Actioner” (HMA) that will assist platforms in preventing the spread of terrorist content, child exploitation, and other content that violates the law.
With HMA, platforms will be able to search for infringing content and take necessary action.
HMA is based on Meta’s earlier open-source picture and video matching software, which may be utilized for any sort of infringing content.