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‘Extremist’ Google algorithms

A former police chief has called on Google to modify its technology to help stop the spread of terrorist material.

Ex-Met Police assistant commissioner Sir Mark Rowley says it is a shame a jailed radical preacher ranks top for search term “British Muslim spokesman”.

The internet search company’s algorithms “pushed readers to extremist material” to maximize ad revenue.

Google denies the statement, saying it intentions to steer users to third-party sites.

Sir Mark told the Today program that the companies needed to do more to pass on any information they had about terrorist material being shared on their platforms.

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