Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter announced on Monday they are teaming up in order to prevent the spread of terrorist content online, Joinfo.com reports.
They said in the statement that they are going to create “a shared industry database of “hashes” — unique digital “fingerprints” for accounts that spread for violent terrorist content. This shared database will help identify and remove the extremist content.
“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,” the companies said.
“Throughout this collaboration, we are committed to protecting our users’ privacy and their ability to express themselves freely and safely on our platforms,” the company stressed in the joint statement.