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Tech giants quietly block extremist content

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Google and Facebook among the tech giants quietly moving to block extremist video content. Reuters has learned that these companies have been using the same technology, employed to identify copyright violations to target and remove violent content. Sources telling Reuters, the system has allowed them to move quickly to take down Islamic state videos showing beheadings and other propaganda.
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Reuters tech editor Jonathan Weber says, there's a reason these companies are keeping the efforts under wraps.>> For one thing, they're worried that if they do disclose too much, people will understand how to game the system and how to kinda evade these sorts of filters. The other thing they're very reluctant to do, is to publicly advertise to other governments around the world that they have these capabilities.
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Because they're afraid that if their capabilities are widely understood, then they're gonna have lots of demands to use those capabilities against types of content that Google or Facebook might consider to be just fine.>> Google's YouTube and Facebook are under pressure from the US Congress to root out jihadist material that inspires attacks thousands of miles from the worst of the fighting