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Firearms Officers Film Training Operations to Prevent Live Streaming of Terror Attacks
In an initiative to prevent and stop the live streaming of terror attcks, firearms officers from the Met have begun filming training sessions.
Training footage will be shared with social media platform, Facebook, to aid in the deployment of technology that can automatically identify live-streaming of attacks. The technology can help Facebook to notify the police of an attack and prevent the events from being broadcast on social media.
The footage will also be shared with the home office in order to develop the technology in order to stop the live-streaming of attacks elsewhere.
'Facebook reached out to the Met as we have worked with them on numerous occasions before to remove online terrorist propaganda. The live-streaming of terrorist attacks is an incredibly distressing method of spreading toxic propaganda, so I am encouraged by Facebook's efforts to prevent such broadcasts. Stopping this kind of material being published will potentially prevent the radicalization of some vulnerable adults and children. The footage we are capturing shows our highly-skilled firearms officers training to respond with the utmost expertise to a wide range of scenarios, including the kind of attacks we want to stop terrorists from broadcasting' - Commander Richard Smith, Met Counter Terrorism Command.