Not hugely convinced:
High-tech companies should develop “spell-checkers” to censor Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) on social media, the head of Google, the world’s biggest internet search engine, has said.
Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, said new steps were needed to block the spread of gruesome videos and violent propaganda. Such measures were technically “within reach”.
Writing in the New York Times, he said the internet’s rapid growth had made it “too easy” for people to make contact with others in different parts of the world to spread violent ideas rather than using it to broaden horizons.
“We should build tools to help de-escalate tensions on social media — sort of like spell-checkers, but for hate and harassment,” Mr Schmidt wrote.
“We should target social accounts for terrorist groups like Islamic State, and remove videos before they spread, or help those countering terrorist messages to find their voice.
“Without this type of leadership from government, from citizens, from tech companies, the Internet could become a vehicle for further disaggregation of poorly built societies, and the empowerment of the wrong people, and the wrong voices.”
The problem, as always, is who gets to define who are the wrong people and the wrong voices? There’s very definitely people out there who would censor me for insisting that someone who has fathered 6 children on three different women is “male”. Just as 50 years ago there were people who would insist that someone calling themselves a woman because they’d had their nuts chopped off should be censored.
“Who?” is one of those very important questions…..