Internet giant Google said Wednesday that the sheer volume of video on its YouTube website makes it tough to catch all terror related content.
According to Google Public Policy Manager Verity Harding, about 300 hours of video material is being uploaded to YouTube every minute. This complicates the struggle to halt the spread of terrorist propaganda and hostage footage. At the same time, she says that “to pre-screen those videos before they are uploaded would be like screening a phone call before it’s made.”
The European Union’s counter-terror chief believes it’s time to help companies to contain the security risk by having experts from member states flagging terror-related content.
“We have to help them, and refer to them, and signal content,” Gilles De Kerchove said. “Each member state should have a unit with people trained to do that.”
On YouTube, users can highlight problem videos and have them reviewed by a member of staff. When a Scotland Yard unit recently told Google about material that did not comply with the company’s own guidelines, De Kerchove said 93 percent of that content was removed. But when individuals flag up problems only a third of it is taken down.