Terrorist-related content online has become a major issue, on a global scale. At today’s G7 meeting in Italy it was agreed that internet companies will continue to take a proactive role and ensure decisive action in making their platforms more hostile to terrorism. They will also support civil society partners to develop alternative narratives online.
Terrorist videos have come a long way from a camcorder in a cave. Today extremists can be sophisticated and savvy. They know where and when to upload their material to get maximum views and shares online. In fact, their steady stream of propaganda, recruitment material, and violent videos depicting beheadings can resemble a well-oiled marketing funnel.
- 27% of content includes violent, distressing or incitements to commit terrorist attacks
- Spikes in activity seen around key acts of terrorism
- UK company behind the artificial intelligence technology used to detect illegal content for leading social networks
The amount of terrorist propaganda and extremist content being posted online, especially on social media platforms is a growing global issue. Now, a UK headquartered company has been identified as being behind the technology that is being used by global social networks to detect hundreds of pieces of new terrorism-related content created online each day.
In the fall-out from the horrific terrorist attack on Manchester Arena on Monday, the UK terror threat has been raised to its highest level of ‘critical’ as authorities fear that more attacks are imminent. Whilst MI5 is working round the clock to keep us safe from this, terrorist propaganda and extremist views were spreading quickly, especially on social media.