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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube Team Up to Fight Online Terrorism

Online Terrorism

06 November 2016, USA :

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are coming together to help curb the spread of online terrorism. The Big 4 companies aim to eradicate Terrorism spread through the social media.

Facebook stated in a blog post, “Starting today, we commit to the creation of a shared industry database of “hashes” — unique digital “fingerprints” — for violent terrorist imagery or terrorist recruitment videos or images that we have removed from our services. By sharing this information with each other, we may use the shared hashes to help identify potential terrorist content on our respective hosted consumer platforms. We hope this collaboration will lead to greater efficiency as we continue to enforce our policies to help curb the pressing global issue of terrorist content online.”

It further added, “Our companies will begin sharing hashes of the most extreme and egregious terrorist images and videos we have removed from our services — content most likely to violate all of our respective companies’ content policies. Participating companies can add hashes of terrorist images or videos that are identified on one of our platforms to the database. Other participating companies can then use those hashes to identify such content on their services, review against their respective policies and definitions, and remove matching content as appropriate.”

CNN reported, Executives from top tech companies met with U.S. government officials in January to talk about how terrorists are getting into online terrorism using social media to recruit attackers. In August, Twitter said it had suspended hundreds of thousands of accounts for promoting terrorism. Throughout this collaboration, users’ privacy and their ability to express themselves freely and safely won’t take a toll. Image- The Telegraph

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