Google opens Dublin hub to combat harmful online content


Alphabet unit Google has opened a centre to tackle harmful online content. The move is also designed to ease regulatory concerns about how the company and other tech giants police a growing problem on the internet.

Google alongside other U.S. tech giants, has drawn criticism because of the spread of illegal and harmful content through their platforms, triggering calls for more regulatory action.

The European Union has taken the lead in proposing tough new rules to curb their powers, protect smaller rivals and make them take more responsibility for removing harmful content from their platforms.

The proposed rules are expected to come into force in the next two years.

In a blog, Google’s Director of Trust and Safety, Amanda Storey said that The Google Safety Engineering Center at Google’s European headquarters in Dublin will focus on content responsibility and is the first in the world for the company.

“The new Dublin centre will be a regional hub for Google experts working to tackle the spread of illegal and harmful content and a place where we can share this work with policymakers, researchers, and regulators,” she said.

She did not specify how many would be employed in the centre, whose staff will work from home for as long as lockdown restrictions require.