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YouTube says machine learning is making progress against violent extremist content

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James Dixon
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Four months after launching a program to fight violent extremist content, YouTube says it has become far more efficient at identifying and removing such videos, thanks to its machine learning technology.

In June, YouTube detailed four steps it would take to fight the rising tide of such objectionable content on its platform.

Its announcement came amid a general backlash against the tech industry for its role in enabling hate-fueled and terrorist-related messages.

YouTube pledged to deploy machine learning to tackle the issue.

In addition, it created a program to enlist the help of third-party experts, toughen standards for controversial videos, and support voices that are “speaking out against hate and extremism.”

The company published an update on these efforts on its blog today.

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