YOUR FAVOURITE SOCIAL NETWORK PROVIDERS, and Microsoft, have teamed up for form a posse that sees off terror talk on their pages.
Microsoft is along for the ride with Facebook, Twitter, and Google and the companies have made their intentions clear. They have formed a kind of Guardians of the cat chat Galaxy and are keen to be doing it.
What they will do is build up a database of terrorist content that they have removed individually. By sharing the content, they hope to be able to stop its wider sharing.
"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," they said.
"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."
The firms, even Microsoft, have all spoken out about terror content on their social media pages, and Twitter has gone so far as to say that it would probably kick the president of the USA off its pages if he was talking shit, and is Donald Trump.
Don't worry, our four social musketeers have already considered what kind of interest governments will have in this information, and they are ready for any requests to see it.
"Each company will continue to apply its own policies and definitions of terrorist content when deciding whether to remove content when a match to a shared hash is found. And each company will continue to apply its practice of transparency and review for any government requests, as well as retain its own appeal process for removal decisions and grievances," they explained.
"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, thoughtful and responsible way as we further our shared objective to prevent the spread of terrorist content online while respecting human rights." µ
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