United Kingdom government reveals new AI tool for flagging extremist content

UK unveils extremism blocking tool

The government in the United Kingdom has publicised its plans to roll out a tool that will be used in the detection of jihadist and extremist content, blocking it from being viewed.

The new software, developed by London-based data science firm ASI on behalf of the British government, can identify and block 94 percent of IS propaganda video with 99.99 accuracy, according to British Home Secretary Amber Rudd here on Tuesday.

The tool is intended for use by small companies, which are often heavily burdened with moderation tasks that they may not have the resources to cope with, helping them to remove undesirable content effectively and in good time. Humans then have to assess the content and make a decision on removing it.

"This Government has been taking the lead worldwide in making sure that vile terrorist content is stamped out". Using advanced machine learning, it analyses the audio and visuals of a video to determine whether it could be ISIL propaganda.

Mrs May has also frequently cajoled internet companies such as Facebook and Twitter to do more to prevent safe spaces online that allow extremism to proliferate.




Ms. Rudd is now visiting the U.S.to meet tech companies and discuss the idea, as well as push other ideas aimed at tackling extremism. There are tools out there that can do exactly what we're asking for.

But she said: "There is still more to do, and I hope this new technology the Home Office has helped develop can support others to go further and faster". "For smaller companies, this could be ideal".

The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, launched a year ago, brings together several governments including the USA and United Kingdom, and major internet firms like Facebook, Google, Twitter and others.

Silicon Valley giants such as Facebook and Google are pouring their own resources into solving this problem, but this tool is at first meant to be used by small companies, and they may one day be forced to use it. Home Office research found Daesh supporters published material on 400 unique platforms in 2017, including 145 previously unused platforms between July and December alone.

However, the bigger challenge is predicting which parts of the internet that jihadis will use next.

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