Tech giant Google will invest a total of £1m to help fight terrorism in the UK.
The fund is part of a £5m commitment set aside to address extremist content posted online across the globe.
Google’s £1m anti terror fund will help UK’s leaders develop projects that will help them curb terrorism. This comes on the heels of Prime Minister Theresa May telling tech companies to be more proactive and forward in shutting down platforms where extremist idealogies are shared.
“Technology companies must go “further and faster” in removing extremist content” Theresa May told the United Nations general assembly in New York earlier this month.
The funding will be distributed in partnership with the Institute of Strategic Dialogue, a UK-based counter-extremist organisation.
ISD chief executive Sasha Havlicek said: “We are eager to work with a wide range of innovators on developing their ideas in the coming months.”
Over the next two years, google’s funding will support technology-driven solutions, as well as grassroots efforts like community youth projects that help build communities and promote resistance to radicalisation.
“By funding experts like ISD, we hope to support sustainable solutions to extremism both online and offline. We don’t have all the answers, but we’re committed to playing our part. We’re looking forward to helping bring new ideas and technologies to life,” said Kent Walker, general counsel at Google.
“We don’t have all the answers, but we’re committed to playing our part. We’re looking forward to helping bring new ideas and technologies to life” He concluded.
The first round of applications will kick off in November, with grants of between £2,000 and £200,000 awarded to successful proposals.
Recall that In March, the UK government suspended its adverts from YouTube, following concerns they were appearing next to inappropriate content.