Major Tech Companies Gear Up to Fight Online Extremism

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Sep 19, 2022

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The big players in the tech industry disclosed plans to combat hate-fueled online violence.

Combating Hate and Extremism

Several tech giants have announced policy upgrades, research, and tools to tackle online extremism on their sites as part of collaborative efforts with the US government. The moves center around removing hateful content on their platforms and encouraging tolerance on the internet.

Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have endured long-term criticism over their relaxed efforts to combat hate, misinformation, and potentially harmful rhetoric. That scrutiny became even more intense following events like the January 6th invasion of the Capitol last year and mass shootings, like in Buffalo, New York.

On Thursday, President Joe Biden called on individuals and corporations to stand collectively against discrimination and extremism. Following this, Meta, Microsoft, and Google-owned YouTube revealed new strategies.

YouTube will update its policy to remove videos that glorify violent acts – even if the content creators are not linked to terrorists. It will also roll out a media literacy campaign to help younger users detect misinformation-spreading tactics.

Microsoft said it will offer a limited version of its AI and machine learning tools to schools and small organizations, which will help them spot and prevent violence.

Facebook parent company Meta will partner with the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. The partnership will be research-based and geared toward gleaning insights from violent trends and formulating solutions.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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