YouTube, Facebook automatically removing extremist videos

Facebook and Youtube are using automation to block extremist videos from their platforms, Reuters reported Friday. 

The companies are deploying systems to block or quickly take down Islamic State videos and other similar material, the report said. 


The news comes after pressure from President Obama and European leaders who were concerned about online radicalization. Internet companies, including Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, held a call to discuss options. 

Before the new automated systems were put into place, the sites have mostly relied on users flagging content that violates their terms of service. 

That material is reviewed by human editors who delete content found to be in violation. 

Sources told Reuters that automated blocking is being used to remove extremist videos, but the companies won't publicly discuss it out of concerns that extremists may learn how to manipulate their systems.