May 2, 2019 / 4:40 PM / in 18 days

Google spends hundreds of millions of dollars on content review - letter

WASHINGTON, May 2 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google unit told a U.S. House panel it annually spends hundreds of millions of dollars on content review and said it manually reviewed over 1 million suspected “terrorist videos” on YouTube in the first three months of 2019.

Google disclosed in a April 24 letter made public Thursday that the manual review found 90,000 videos violated its terrorism policy. In March, following the live-streaming on social media of a mass shooting in New Zealand, the chair of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security urged the top executives of Google, Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Microsoft Corp do a better job of removing violent political content. (Reporting by David Shepardson Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

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