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UK Government May Force Tech Companies to Use Online 'Extremism' Filter

UK Government May Force Tech Companies to Use Online 'Extremism' Filter

"We're not going to rule out taking legislative action if we need to do it", the home secretary said.

The objective of these videos is to incite violence in our communities, recruit people to their cause, and attempt to spread fear in our society.

The blocking tool was developed by an artificial intelligence company in London called ASI Data Science, with the government injecting £600,000 of public funds into supporting the tool.

The UK has declared a tool to have been created to correctly spot extremist material online and block it.

In order to talk about the tool with technology firms, the home secretary has embarked on a trip to the United States in an attempt to fight extremism with the new innovation along with other methods.

ASI Data Science said the software can be configured to detect 94% of IS video uploads.

The Home Secretary and US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen visited senior executives from leading venture capital firms, asking them to ensure the start-ups they invested in had taken appropriate anti-terrorist measures.

He added: "If there are online hosting platforms in the Middle East that would like some help in terms of applying AI to detecting this content and getting it off their websites, then that's what it's for".

The system is to be made available to smaller companies, as the government says that these are increasingly being targeted by extremists to publish propaganda.

A Home Office study showed that Daesh supporters used more than 400 unique online platforms to push out their material in 2017, highlighting the importance of technology that can be applied across different platforms.

Rudd told the BBC the tool demonstrated that the government's request for a stricter examination of extremist content was not an unreasonable one.

"I think it's a positive step but it shouldn't be considered a solution the problem", he said.

Rudd is on a two-day visit to San francisco meeting with tech giants and US officials to discuss how to better combat extremists on Internet platforms.

Rudd will also meet the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which was launched previous year following a roundtable convened at the Home Office in the aftermath of the Westminster Bridge attack.

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