Google to increase number of staff detecting extremist content on YouTube


The U.S. IT giant, Google, will increase the number of employees engaged in the detection of extremist content on its video-sharing service YouTube, as well as other materials violating the service’s rules, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said.

In June, Google announced additional measures to counter the spread of extremist data via YouTube.

The company voiced plans to widen the use of technologies to identify extremist- and terrorist-related videos, to attract more experts to its programme of identifying problematic videos, toughening the rules as for the content that did not clearly violate YouTube’s rules and to expand its role in struggle against radical movements.

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Google honours Chinua Achebe at 87

Technology giant, Google, honoured late Nigerian literary icon, Chinua Achebe, on its doodle on Thursday.

Google Doodle is a special logo on Google’s homepage that is temporarily alternated and intended to celebrate holidays, events, achievements and people.

Surrounded by iconic images of his most famous literary works, Wednesday’s Doodle celebrates Achebe’s legacy.

If he hadn’t died in March of 2013, Achebe who is one of Nigeria’s most popular novelist, poet, professor, and critic, would have clocked 87 today.

Google said on its website on Thursday that Achebe had been honoured to underscore his status as a figure of 20th century literature.

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Engineer behind Google anti-diversity memo has been reportedly fired


In San Francisco, The Google engineer who wrote an anti-diversity manifesto that has roiled the company and Silicon Valley has been fired, according to reports.

Recode and Bloomberg both reported Monday night that the yet unnamed author has left the company.

Google declined to confirm the firing.

The essay by the male engineer began to circulate within the company last week. Titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” it suggests the company encourage “ideological” rather than gender diversity and contends that women don’t make up 50% of the company’s tech and leadership positions because of differences in their preferences and abilities, not sexism.

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Google fined $2.7 billion for breaking EU “Fair Play” rules

The European Union has issued a hefty $2.7 billion fine against tech giant Google.

The European Commission for Competition said in a statement on Tuesday, that the fine was administered because Google has given “an illegal advantage” to itself over its competitors.

The company holds a 90 per cent market share in Europe’s online searches.

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Confusion as Google recalls staff to U.S. amidst immigration order frenzy


Following the new executive order on immigration by United States President, Donald Trump, Alphabet Inc.’s Google has told its affected staff travelling overseas to get back to the U.S immediately.

Bloomberg News reports that Google Chief Executive Officer, Sundar Pichai, slammed Mr. Trump’s move in a memo to employees, telling them that more than 100 company staff are affected by the order.

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