United Kingdom unveils online tool to block ISIS content


Britain partners with AI startup to bracket extremist content

The British Home Office unveiled a new technology Tuesday that it said can detect extremist content on any online platform with a high degree of accuracy.

According to them, numerous major tech companies have developed technology specific to their own platforms and have publicly reported on the difference this is making in their fight against terrorist content.

The technology is expected to help smaller companies with identifying and removing content that promotes terrorism, something that the government has been critical of.

According to ASI Data Science, the software is capable of detecting 94 per cent of IS's online activity, with an accuracy of 99.995 per cent. Humans then have to assess the content and make a decision on removing it.

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"This government has been taking the lead worldwide in making sure that vile terrorist content is stamped out," she said.

Facebook is one of the platforms the government has been pestering to do more to combat online extremism.

Developed by ASI Data Science, the system takes advantage of machine learning to analyze online videos and determine the contents.

It can be used by any platform and across a range of video-streaming and download sites in real time.

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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.

Ms Rudd is visiting the U.S. to meet tech companies to discuss the idea, as well as other efforts to tackle extremism. The system - as yet unnamed - was unveiled by Home Secretary Amber Rudd and cost £600,000, paid for with public funds, and has been created to detect jihadist content. While tech giants have been developing their own technology to tackle the problem, smaller platforms are increasingly targeted by ISIL and often do not have the same level of resources to develop technology.

The Home Office estimates that between July and the end of 2017, extremist material appeared in nearly 150 web services that had not been used for such propaganda before.

The home secretary will also meet with the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which was launched previous year in the aftermath of the Westminster Bridge attack that left five dead.

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