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Google wants to fight 'inhuman' Islamic State social media videos

Google wants to be more proactive in fighting Islamic State propaganda.

Published Wed, Jun 24 2015 3:21 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:06 PM CST

Google wants to fight back against the Islamic State's "viral moment" that has been effective in posting rather disgusting and gruesome videos and images on social media.

Google wants to fight 'inhuman' Islamic State social media videos | TweakTown.com

The Internet giant wants to allow users to be educated about the barbaric and violent actions of the Islamic State, but doesn't want to serve as a distribution method for beheading videos and other content.

"ISIS is having a viral moment on social media and the countervailing viewpoints are nowhere near strong enough to oppose them," said Victoria Grand, policy director at Google, while speaking during the Cannes Lions advertising festival. "ISIS, in particular, has been putting up footage that is inhuman and atrocious. We are still seeing about two or three of these beheadings each week. They are heeding advice from a decade before from Osama bin Laden and they are taking it to another level using social media."

The United States has struggled to fight against the Islamic State's social media efforts, but Europol and other agencies are trying to be more proactive. The group has shown frightening cleverness in its ability to spread propaganda to intimidate rivals and recruit new members.

Although intelligence officials have been able to sometimes collect data on Islamic State members, the group continues to use the Internet effectively.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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