December 7, 2016 5:10 pm | Updated 4 years ago.
World’s biggest disseminators of online content in today’s generation – Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube jointly announced recently that they are getting ready to keep terrorist propaganda from spreading on the internet.
The companies said that they will create a common database to track the “violent terrorist imagery” and “terrorist recruitment videos or images,” which will help each other to review the online content more efficiently. The companies will do this by logging hashes and digital identifiers which are unique to each piece of content and once a hash is added to the database, then each of the companies will make their own decision regarding whether to remove a particular piece of content or not.
A joint press release by the four companies stated that “There is no place for content that promotes terrorism on our hosted consumer services”.
The whole idea behind what role the tech companies should be playing in policing the online content on their platforms have grown more urgent ever since Donald Trump has won the US presidential election. All the four companies also emphasized to remain committed to protecting the users’ privacy and freedom of expression.
Date of Publication: December 05, 2016