United Kingdom unveils extremist content blocking tool

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The new technology is capable of detecting 94 per cent of ISIL's online propaganda with 99.995 per cent accuracy, according to ASI Data Science, the artificial intelligence company that developed the software.

Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd, now visiting the Silicon Valley, announced United Kingdom's partnership with a London-based startup to develop an algorithm which will be used to identify terrorist content on the Internet. While the social network says that it has made progress in the detection and removal of such content, the unveiling of a new government-backed system would seem to indicate that the United Kingdom government is unhappy with the speed at which things have progressed, or that it prefers the idea of being in control of the detection tool itself. Humans then have to assess the content and make a decision on removing it. Speaking to reporters in London, Rudd said that "we're not going to rule out taking legislative action if we need to do it", opening up the possibility that the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Google could be forced to use the system.

Rudd visited the U.S. to meet tech companies to discuss the idea, as well as other efforts to tackle extremism.

In Silicon Valley, the home secretary told the BBC the tool was made as a way to demonstrate that the government's demand for a clampdown on extremist activity was not unreasonable. There are tools out there that can do exactly what we're asking for. Using advanced machine learning, it analyses the audio and visuals of a video to determine whether it could be ISIL propaganda.

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"They can encourage the companies they invest in to introduce a facility to enable users and authorities to flag terrorist material for removal", Ms Rudd added.

But smaller platforms are increasingly targeted by ISIS and its supporters and they often do not have the same level of resources to develop technology.

The home secretary will also meet with the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which was launched a year ago in the aftermath of the Westminster Bridge attack that left five dead.

The plans would allow Britain to become "the global leader in the regulation of the use of personal data and the internet", the manifesto claimed, and ensure there is no "safe space for terrorists to be able to communicate online".

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