Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and Google-owned YouTube have all agreed a pact to help curb the spread of content they define as “terrorist” with the companies co-creating a database that will exclude such material from their social networks.
Each company has promised "swift action” against “content that promotes terrorism on our hosted consumer services” with the the creation of a shared industry database of “hashes” of content geared towards terrorist recruitment, through a system that will see them “fingerprint” accounts spreading such imagery.
“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,” reads a post announcing the collaboration on Twitter’s public policy blog.
It goes on to read: “Companies can add hashes of terrorist images or videos that are identified on one of our platforms to the database. Other participating companies can then use those hashes to identify such content on their services, review against their respective policies and definitions, and remove matching content as appropriate.”
The post further reads: “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.”