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How Google, Facebook and other tech giants are fighting ISIS online

How Google, Facebook and other tech giants are fighting ISIS online

Technology
Over the past year, the tech giants have come under fire for not doing enough to fight ISIS's digital army on their own turf. Now Google, Jigsaw and Facebook are experimenting with new ways to use algorithms and the latest open source technology to try to pull potential ISIS recruits back from the edge before it’s too late. An initiative called the redirect method, which launched six months ago in the United States, uses Google’s not-so-secret weapon: Algorithms that target ads designed specifically for you. “The Redirect Method, put simply, is a way of using advertising to counter and prevent extremism and terrorism,” said Ross Frenett, a director at Moonshot CVE, the company working with Google on the project. “So someone types in 'I want to join jihad into Google...' we’ve placed an
David Beckham FURIOUS after online trolls FAT-SHAME daughter Harper

David Beckham FURIOUS after online trolls FAT-SHAME daughter Harper

Entertainment
AKM-GSI-XPOSURE/GETTY■ ANGRY: The Beckhams hate criticism of their childrenThe six-year-old has been the target of cruel comments about her weight.Social media users made the jibes after she was snapped enjoying a day out on the beach with her dad and brothers Brooklyn, 18, Romeo, 15, and Cruz, 12.One wrote: “She is massive, bigger than her mum! That child needs to lose weight!”Another said: “Harper is 6 which is long past time to have baby fat.” “She is massive, bigger than her mum!” But her parents are reportedly livid at the comments aimed at their “baby” girl And seething David, 42, apparently had to be persuaded not to hit back at the trolls online.An insider said: “Victoria was shocked and disgusted by the comments over her little girl.“It really upset her and she
The nurse hired to combat cancer myths online

The nurse hired to combat cancer myths online

Health
A cancer charity has appointed a digital nurse to combat "fake news" online, which they say leaves patients "scared and at risk of bogus cures".Macmillan Cancer Support found two-fifths of people with cancer looked up information about their diagnosis on the internet. One in eight of those went online because they didn't fully understand what their doctor had told them.Glaswegian nurse Ellen McPake, who landed the job, says she wants to correct the misinformation that exists. She said: "Once the doctor says 'cancer', people automatically then shut down and they don't take in the information that they're given."So they go home, speak to the family. And then they'll sit online that night and get themselves in a frenzy with what they're reading." She says people focus on the worst-case scenar...
£100m fighting fund to tackle terror online

£100m fighting fund to tackle terror online

Technology
Tech companies have begun investing huge amounts of money to help in the fight against extremism.Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter are directly funding an increasing number of projects, not just online, but in local communities.Sky News has been told the investment, aimed at countering propaganda from terror groups like ISIS, currently tops more than £100m and is separate to the many millions already invested in policing and removing extremist content online.:: Amber Rudd plans tougher laws for terrorists using the internetIt comes at a time of fierce criticism from politicians that the tech sector is not doing enough to deal with extremist content online.Richard Allan - Facebook's Vice President of Policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa - said their investment in counter-extr
Crimes linked to online dating rise dramatically

Crimes linked to online dating rise dramatically

Technology
Reported crimes related to online dating have risen dramatically in the last five years.Exclusive figures for Sky News from UK police forces show that 2,054 offences were recorded between 2011 and 2016.In 2011, 140 crimes were recorded, by 2016 that had risen to 676 - a 382% increase.In the same period, the number of sexual crimes reported rose from 14 to 106 and violent attacks were up from 29 to 240.Becky Crozier suffered panic attacks and depression after being stalked by a man she met online.After three dates she broke up but despite not revealing where she lived he managed to track her down.For almost 10 months she was too scared to leave her house."I'd get at least a text message every minute, if I didn't reply, and if I'd turn my phone off, he'd ring me," she explained."It got to th...