Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter have promised to better identify and remove terror-related videos and imagery that get posted to their online properties by sharing information.
The move will involve the firms contributing to a shared database that fingerprints images and videos that have been removed from Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google’s YouTube.
“Starting today, we commit to the creation of a shared industry database of ‘hashes’ – unique digital ‘fingerprints’ – for violent terrorist imagery or terrorist recruitment videos or images that we have removed from our services,” the companies say in a shared statement issued Dec. 5. “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.”