Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft have come together to form an anti-terror compact after agreeing to set aside commercial rivalries in order to form a global working group dedicated to combatting extremist content from being spread on their platforms.
The social media quartet intend to share technical solutions developed to deal with the problem as well as jointly commission new research to devise more advanced tools to tackle the issue under the guise of a new body – The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism.
Born out of growing political pressure from governments in Europe and the United States amidst increased militant activity the new enterprise will ‘formalize and structure existing and future areas of collaboration between our companies and foster cooperation with smaller tech companies, civil society groups and academics, governments and supra-national bodies such as the EU and the UN’.
More specifically the four companies will work to improve a newly created database used to share the distinguishing digital fingerprints assigned to video or photographic extremist content as well as divulge current best practice for tackling the issue using machine learning techniques.
Social media firms have been feeling the heat in recent months with Germany proposing to levy fines of up to $56m against social networks which fail to remove hate speech in a timely manner.
In recent days social media firms have ratcheted up their efforts with Facebook offering free ads for anti-terror groups.