YouTube: Expanding our work against abuse of our platform

YouTube: Expanding our work against abuse of our platform. “In the last year, we took actions to protect our community against violent or extremist content, testing new systems to combat emerging and evolving threats. We tightened our policies on what content can appear on our platform, or earn revenue for creators. We increased our enforcement teams. And we invested in powerful new machine learning technology to scale the efforts of our human moderators to take down videos and comments that violate our policies. Now, we are applying the lessons we’ve learned from our work fighting violent extremism content over the last year in order to tackle other problematic content. Our goal is to stay one step ahead of bad actors, making it harder for policy-violating content to surface or remain on YouTube.”

SBS: Database flags 40,000 videos as extremist

SBS: Database flags 40,000 videos as extremist. “A consortium of tech companies including Facebook, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter say a database it created to identify extremist content now contains more than 40,000 videos or images. The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism was created in June under pressure from governments in Europe and the US after a spate of deadly attacks.”

New Arab: The Taliban’s massive social media presence that’s being ignored

New Arab: The Taliban’s massive social media presence that’s being ignored. “The National Security Agency is launching cyber attacks designed by the same hackers who built Stuxnet, while the US Air Force is bombing militants who forget to switch off geolocation on their phones. Few would argue that Americans have failed to acknowledge and meet the apparent online threat presented by IS. By comparison however, the Taliban has fought American soldiers for well over a decade and used the Internet for even longer – yet it has encountered no such similar response.”

The Telegraph: WordPress ignoring terrorist propaganda, campaigners say

The Telegraph: WordPress ignoring terrorist propaganda, campaigners say. “One of the world’s biggest blogging websites is turning a blind eye to pages run by Isil, even after they have been reported, anti-terrorism campaigners say. WordPress.com has hosted hundreds of links to extremist videos, as well as propaganda pages from the Taliban, al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of the Iraq and the Levant (Isil), according to the Counter Extremism Project (CEP), a US anti-terror think tank.”

The New Indian Express: Beware of radicalization campaigns on social media, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh tells police

The New Indian Express: Beware of radicalization campaigns on social media, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh tells police. “With the recent busting of a terror module operating in Punjab having links to other countries, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday directed the state police to be vigilant against radicalization campaigns being carried out on various social media platforms such as Facebook.”

New York Times: In ‘Watershed Moment,’ YouTube Blocks Extremist Cleric’s Message

New York Times: In ‘Watershed Moment,’ YouTube Blocks Extremist Cleric’s Message. “For eight years, the jihadist propaganda of Anwar al-Awlaki has helped shape a generation of American terrorists, including the Fort Hood gunman, the Boston Marathon bombers and the perpetrators of massacres in San Bernardino, Calif., and Orlando, Fla. And YouTube, the world’s most popular video site, has allowed hundreds of hours of Mr. Awlaki’s talks to be within easy reach of anyone with a phone or computer.”

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Study finds fringe communities on Reddit and 4chan have high influence on flow of alternative news to Twitter

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Study finds fringe communities on Reddit and 4chan have high influence on flow of alternative news to Twitter. “After analyzing millions of posts containing mainstream and alternative news shared on Twitter, Reddit and 4chan, Jeremy Blackburn, Ph.D., and collaborators found that alt-right communities within 4chan, an image-based discussion forum where users are anonymous, and Reddit, a social news aggregator where users vote up or down on posts, have a surprisingly large influence on Twitter. The results of the study were published this week in a paper at the ACM Internet Measurement Conference in London.”