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

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Home Secretary Amber Rudd has unveiled a tool, which she claims, can detect extremist content and block it from view.

The government gave £600,000 of public funds to the London based ASI Data Science to produce the software, which they say can detect 94 per cent of Islamic State's online activity with an accuracy of 99.995 per cent.

Any content that the software is still unsure about would then be passed on for a human to review.

"This government has been taking the lead worldwide in making sure that vile terrorist content is stamped out", said Rudd on a visit to Silicon Valley to meet with tech companies.

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

But Home secretary Amber Rudd said that she would not rule out forcing tech companies to use the technology by law in an interview with the BBC. There are tools out there that can do exactly what we're asking for.

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Developed by ASI Data Science, the system takes advantage of machine learning to analyze online videos and determine the contents. "For smaller companies, this could be ideal".

The news comes as Rudd is in the U.S. to meet with tech giants to discuss ways of working to collaboratively counteract the emergence of online extremist content.

The new tool has been developed for use by smaller platforms who may not have the the resources to develop their own prevention technologies.

The manifesto also said they aim and force Internet companies into keep records on their customers' browsing histories and make conversations in encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp accessible to authorities.

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

However, the bigger challenge is predicting which parts of the internet that jihadis will use next. Home Office research found Daesh supporters published material on 400 unique platforms in 2017, including 145 previously unused platforms between July and December alone.

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