Tech companies partner to fight online terrorist content
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube recently announced that they are partnering to help curb the spread of terrorist content online.
The partnership between these top tech companies involves the creation of a shared industry database of “hashes” — unique digital “fingerprints” — for violent terrorist imagery or terrorist recruitment videos or images that were removed from their services. Those shared hashes can then help the companies to identify potential terrorist content on their 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,” Facebook said in a statement. “Throughout this collaboration, we are committed to protecting our users’ privacy and their ability to express themselves freely and safely on our platforms.”