Government Wants Tech Giants to Auto-Delete Terror Content

By Gary Cutlack on at

Theresa May has said something not to do with Brexit for once, with the PM using a speech at the United Nations to ask today's tech giants and social media kingpins to do more to automatically filter out terrorist material.

The development of "new technology" is the vague demand, with the PM saying that the likes of Google should be able to build scanning systems that would stop dodgy material hitting YouTube in the first place by denying its publication, rather than waiting for someone to flag, check and delete things the manual way.

Should something make it through, the government would like to see the tech companies agree to a pledge to remove illegal content within two hours, as it's this first spurt of online existence that sees the most sharing among the faithful.

The PM told world leaders that: "Industry needs to go further and faster in automating the detection and removal of terrorist content online, and developing technological solutions which prevent it being uploaded in the first place." [GOV via BBC]

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