Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are coming together to help curb the spread of terrorist content online. There is no place for content that promotes terrorism on our hosted consumer services. When alerted, we take swift action against this kind of content in accordance with our respective policies.
The firms are creating shared industry database of unique digital “fingerprints” — for violent terrorist imagery or terrorist recruitment videos or images that they have removed from their services to help identify potential terrorist content on their 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,” announced Facebook. ”Our companies will begin sharing hashes of the most extreme and egregious terrorist images and videos we have removed from our services — content most likely to violate all of our respective companies’ content policies. Participating companies can add hashes of terrorist images or videos that are identified on one of our platforms to the database.”
The firms expect other participating companies to use the terrorist database to identify such content on their services, review against their respective policies and definitions, and remove matching content as appropriate.
Each company will independently determine what image and video hashes to contribute to the shared database. No personally identifiable information will be shared, and matching content will not be automatically removed.
The firms add that they are committed to safeguard user privacy and their ability to express themselves freely and safely on their platforms and users should not be worried as their privacy will still be protected in the process.