Microsoft, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter announced the creation of the so-called Global Internet Terrorism Forum, a new alliance aimed at eliminating content that supports terrorism and violent extremism.
The four technology giants will collaborate on technologies to help detect terrorist material on-line, while removing links to content that is characterized as extremism and hate on the internet.
The alliance is expected to expand with additional members in the coming months and years, and the four companies say they will also work with other parties, including governments and non-governmental organizations.
“The spread of terrorism and violent extremism is a pressing global problem and a critical challenge for all of us. We take these issues very seriously and each of our companies has developed removal policies and practices that allow us to take a hard line against terrorist or violent extremist content in our hosted consumer services, ”the four companies explain in a joint venture.
"We believe that by working together, sharing the best technology and functionality of our individual efforts, we can have a greater impact on the threat of online terrorist content."
A particular objective of cooperation will be to improve common technical projects that can help detect terrorism content using mechanical learning.
Microsoft, as one of the leaders in learning engineering systems, will play an important role in this respect, although each company will contribute to new solutions and will set standardized reporting methods for content removal.
“The new forum is based on initiatives such as the EU Internet Forum and the Hash Common Industry Database. Talks with his government United Kingdom· And the conclusions of recent G7 meetings and the European Council, "the statement reveals, suggesting that this new alliance comes at the request of the European Union, which has asked technology organizations to step up their fight against terrorism online.
Other major technology companies are also expected to join this forum in the near future, so expect more news on this front very soon.