YouTube to redirect “terror” searches
July 21, 2017
YouTube has revealed plans to redirect users searching for “violent extremist propaganda” and instead offer them videos that denounce terrorism.
People searching for certain terms relating to the Islamic State group or other known terrorist organisations will be offered playlists of videos “debunking its mythology”.
YouTube said it wanted to help prevent people being radicalised. The company told the BBC that uploading IS propaganda was already against its terms and conditions. In a blog post, the video-streaming giant said it was implementing ideas from the Redirect Method, a campaign that tries to steer the IS audience towards videos that debunk the group’s recruitment tactics.