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Google to assign 10,000 staff to tackling violent extremism

Google has pledged to assign more than 10,000 staff to tackling the rise of violent extremism on YouTube.

Susan Wojcicki, CEO of the video sharing site, said in an article for the Telegraph that “some bad actors are exploiting our openness to mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm”.

“We will continue the significant growth of our teams into next year, with the goal of bringing the total number of people across Google working to address content that might violate our policies to over 10,000 in 2018.”

The executive added that the company would be expanding its network of industry groups and subject matter experts who provide insight into emerging issues.

In September, Theresa May joined forces with the leaders of France and Italy to challenge tech firms to remove terrorist content from their platforms within two hours.

She told the UN general assembly that social networks and search engines must “go further and faster” in tackling online extremism, and has previously threatened to fine companies that fail to swiftly remove illegal content.

Wojcicki said that more than 150,000 videos have been removed for violent extremism since June.