TWITTER is helping to fuel radicalism, a senior executive has admitted.
But Vijaya Gadde said it has upped efforts to fight extremism following attacks such as the Christchurch mosques shooting, which was streamed live online.
1 Twitter policy chief Vijaya Gadde admitted the platform fuels radicalisation at the Code Conference in ArizonaCredit: Recode
She told a conference: “I think there is content on Twitter and every platform that contributes to radicalisation, no doubt.”
But Ms Gadde, Twitter’s global lead on legal, policy, and trust and safety, said it was doing all it could to stamp it out.
She added: “We also have a lot of mechanisms and policies in place that we enforce very effectively that combat this.”
Her remarks came at the Code Conference, a gathering in Arizona of some of the biggest hitters in the digital world.
It comes as Twitter, along with Facebook, YouTube and other sites, have struggled to tackle extremist content.
Ms Gadde insisted that 90 per cent of terrorist content was identified by the site’s own technology before it was reported.
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She said that 1.6million terror-related accounts had been taken down and 110 violent extremist groups, almost all of them white supremacists, had been banned. Ms Gadde added: “If you claim any affiliation to those parties, you are not allowed on Twitter, period.”
But colleague Kayvon Beykpour told the conference much extreme content did not violate its policies as it was not offensive to everyone. Instead, the site was “proactively de-amplifying content that we don’t think should be amplified,” he said.
Nick Clegg: Facebook not ‘bad’FACEBOOK’S PR chief Sir Nick Clegg claims tech firms should not be blamed if “bad people” spread hate on social media.The ex-deputy PM said it was “ludicrous” to suggest Facebook is responsible for its content in the same way as newspaper editors.
He said its content was decided by “billions of private individuals” but admitted some are “vile people”.
And he added: “Technology is not good or bad, it’s used by good or bad people.”
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