AWS to Tighten Hosted Sites Audits

Amazon is expanding its team of moderators to monitor content and sites on the AWS platform. Among other things, the company would like to detect prohibited content before users report it.


That writes news agency Reuters, based on various sources. Amazon itself says it does not intend to provide proactive moderation, where content is checked before it is posted. “As AWS continues to expand, the moderation team (like most AWS teams) will likely continue to grow,” the tech giant said in a statement.

AWS is one of the largest cloud providers in the world, and its guidelines prohibit, among other things, the use of the service for hacking into computers, spam, promoting violence and other crimes. Currently, AWS relies primarily on user reports to identify content that violates those rules.

However, like other major platforms such as Facebook and YouTube, Amazon is being asked to moderate what it hosts more strictly and to search more actively for prohibited content, including those related to terrorism. Earlier this week, for example, Amazon took down a site linked to IS.

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