Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube have joined forces in an attempt to curb the spread of terrorist content on the Internet.
The tech giants have announced the creation of a shared industry database to tackle terrorist content. The database will use “hashes,” or unique digital “fingerprints,” for violent terrorist imagery, recruitment videos or videos that the companies have removed from their 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,” explained Facebook, in a blog post Monday. “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 that the companies will begin sharing hashes of the most “extreme and egregious” terrorist videos that they have removed. The firms can add hashes of terrorist images or videos that have been identified to the database. The participating companies can then use the hashes to identify similar content on their services.
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