Google on Friday published a research study that examined how its policies and services affect civil rights, and recommended that the technology giant take steps to combat misinformation and hate speech, after the crackdown. to make an assessment.
The company’s announcement came after the Washington Post reported earlier on Friday that Google had hired an outside law firm to conduct a copyright review. The WilmerHale law firm was commissioned to conduct the investigation.
The review issued on Friday recommended that Google, especially YouTube, review its offensive and harassment policies to address issues such as the use of visual or individual restrictions and “adjust in general changes about the protected areas.”
The evaluation also says that in order to better solve false information related to elections, the company must ensure that employees who understand the language are more involved in enforcing actions than relying on them. in translation.
Google should also consider developing additional methods to check the speed and efficiency of removing ads based on false information related to elections, including the imposition of higher penalties and permanent suspension of the site. the reoffending, the additional review.
“We are committed to continuous improvement, and this includes efforts to strengthen our approach to public and human rights. To help guide us, we conduct and submit a public relations test of our policies, procedures, and products,” Chanelle Hardy, head. of public rights at Google, said in an email on Friday.
In recent years, human rights groups such as Amnesty International have accused large technology companies such as Google of not prioritizing human rights issues.
“The surveillance-based business models of companies are completely incompatible with the right to privacy and constitute a threat to many other rights including freedom of thought and information, freedom of thought, and the right to equality and impartiality,” Amnesty International said in a 2019 report on Google and Facebook.