Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft team up to tackle extremist content online
Facebook is to work with Microsoft, Twitter and You Tube to slow the spread of extremist content online by creating a shared database of deleted posts.
In a blog post announcing the collaboration, Facebook search said the “shared industry database “ would consists of extremist content of content that was each given a ‘hash’ or unique digital fingerprint that would help the different sites better and more quickly identify potentially extremist content on their google and Microsoft platforms.
The Social network said the companies would work together to help curb the spread of terrorist content online by polling deleted content into a single database that would enable extreme posts-including terror group employment videos to be more quickly acknowledged across different platforms and removed.
Social media has been criticised in the past for enabling terror groups including so called I stamic States to spread propaganda and recruit individuals to their cause.
The group of companies added that user privacy will be maintained during the sharing process.
“No personally identifiable information will be shared, and matching content will not be automatically removed”- the firms said.
Throughout this collaboration, we are committed to protecting our users privacy and their ability to express themselves freely and safely on our platforms.
We also seek to engage with the wider community of interested stakeholders in a transparent, unselfish and responsible way as we further our shared objective live to prevent the spread of terrorist for extremist content online while respecting human rights.