Google to Cooperate with Indonesia to Deal with Offensive Content

Google to Cooperate with Indonesia to Deal with Offensive Content

Google-Alphabet Inc’s leading subsidiary has decided to work with Indonesia to handle video content believed to be offensive. A senior official working for the search giant said on August 4, 2017, that Google will be tackling any content material inciting hate speech or violence. Google is planning to implement and launch its Trusted Flagger program in Indonesia in the upcoming two to three months.

Director for government affairs and public policy in Greater China and Southeast Asia, Ann Lavin, informed a news conference held in Jakarta, that Google’s Trusted Flagger will be effectively implemented in Indonesia within the next two to three months. This will help in tracking and handling any offensive content appearing over the web.

Trusted Flagger Program is already active in countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and France. It enables certain web users to collectively flag any kind of questionable or offensive content appearing on its video-sharing platform all at once, instead of flagging content one at a time. Any content flagged by the user will be prioritized by Google for a review and will then be eliminated from the web by Google. Increasing amount of content that encourages radicalism and religious intolerance is getting viral in Indonesia.

Indonesia is also home to the largest Muslim population in the world. It comprises of some extremely enthusiastic users of social media websites like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Minister of Information and Communication in Indonesia, Rudiantara, said the highest priority of his ministry is to protect all Indonesian citizen from content promoting terrorism, drugs, and radicalism. He separately had a discussion with Twitter and Google representatives on Friday about the issues related to negative content, just two days after he met officials from Facebook. Rudiantara also said that the Indonesian government is not willing to adopt a regime of censorship.

Lavin also mentioned that besides the communication ministry, Google will also collaborate with various civil society groups like Wahid Institute- controlled by Yenny Wahid, a well-known moderate Muslim figure, and MAFINDO- an anti-hoax community in Indonesia.

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