United Kingdom government has its own AI for detecting extremist videos

United Kingdom government has its own AI for detecting extremist videos

Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the BBC that she would not rule out forcing technology companies to use it by law. "We know that automatic technology like this can heavily disrupt the terrorists' actions, as well as prevent people from ever being exposed to these horrific images", United Kingdom home secretary Amber Rudd said in reference to the new tool.

"Tests have shown this new tool can automatically detect 94 percent of Daesh [an acronym for ISIS] propaganda with 99.995 percent accuracy", said a government press release.

The UK government has unveiled a tool it says can accurately detect jihadist content and block it from being viewed.

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

"We're not going to rule out taking legislative action if we need to do it". The government says that it can be integrated into the upload tool of any platform, meaning that videos can be blocked before they even make it online. "This has to be in conjunction, though, of larger companies working with smaller companies".

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

Dr Marc Warner from ASI Data Science spoke to BuzzFeed News about the project, saying it is an AI algorithm, which works by "spotting subtle patterns in the extremist videos that distinguish them from normal content, from the rest of the internet".

The company said it typically flagged 0.005% of non-IS video uploads.

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 plans would allow Britain to become "the global leader in the regulation of the use of personal data and the internet", the manifesto claimed, and ensure there is no "safe space for terrorists to be able to communicate online".

Separately, new Home Office analysis revealed that ISIS supporters used more than 400 unique online platforms to push out their poisonous material in 2017, highlighting the importance of technology that can be applied across different platforms.

The secretary said that a year ago, all of the five attacks on British soil had an online component.