The UK government reveals AI software that automatically blocks extremist content online

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Continuing its drive to take control of the internet, the UK government has unveiled a new tool that it says can block extremist content “on any platform” with astonishing accuracy. The system — as yet unnamed — was unveiled by Home Secretary Amber Rudd and cost £600,000, paid for with public funds, and has been designed to detect jihadist content. The government says that the algorithms can automatically detect “94 percent of Daesh propaganda with 99.995 percent accuracy.” Speaking to reporters in London, Rudd said that “we’re not going to rule out taking legislative action if we need to do…

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