Of course, Amber Rudd, like most Tory home secretaries has no idea how technology works and probably has her Facebook account administered by her butler, so thinks it is a doddle to whip up a program to do all that sort of thing. After all, they manage it on telly so it must be true.
Rudd told an audience at New America, a Washington think tank, on Thursday night that there was an “online arms race” between militants and the forces of law and order. Government authorities and companies were already working to ensure that militant messaging promoting violence should be removed from the internet within one or two hours of initial posting.
Outfits should press ahead with development and deployment of AI systems that could spot such content before it is posted on the internet and block it from being disseminated.
Since the beginning of 2017, violent militant operatives have created 40,000 new internet destinations, Rudd said. As of 12 months ago, social media companies were taking down about half of the violent militant material from their sites within two hours of its discovery, and lately that proportion has increased to two thirds, she said.
YouTube is now taking down 83 percent of violent militant videos it discovers, Rudd said, adding that UK authorities have “evidence” that the Islamic State militant group was now “struggling” to get some of its materials online.
But she said there was “much more” companies can do to use cutting edge technology to spot dangerous content more quickly.
She added that in the wake of an increasing number of vehicle attacks by militants, such as the one at London’s Borough Market earlier this year, British security authorities were reviewing rental car regulations and considering ways for authorities to collect more relevant data from car hire companies.