Tech giants partner to create technical solutions to combat terrorism online

Social media heavy weights Facebook and Twitter as well as tech firms Microsoft and YouTube have come together to form the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism aimed at targeting the Internet threat terrorists pose.

As part of the partnership, the companies will be working on a technology solution to combat the issue. That will include the expansion and refinement of existing joint technologies such as the Shared Industry Hash Database, the sharing of best practices and content detection and classification techniques via machine learning.

In addition, the forum will seek to commission research on the issue to guide future policy decision. Including expert advice from governments and academics is also part of the new strategy.

Companies such as Facebook have already been working to try and remove recruitment methods for terrorists across messaging platforms such as Messenger.

According to a blog post by Twitter, the forum seeks to help smaller businesses develop the technology they need to tackle online extremist and terrorist content.

Twitter adds that it is already partners with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Anti-Defamation League and Global Network Initiative to help create best practices.

Similarly, all four companies are already employing counter speech initiatives such as YouTube’s Creators for Change for Facebook’s P2P and OCCI.

Twitter explained:

The spread of terrorism and violent extremism is a pressing global problem and a critical challenge for us all. We take these issues very seriously, and each of our companies have developed policies and removal practices that enable us to take a hard line against terrorist or violent extremist content on our hosted consumer services. We believe that by working together, sharing the best technological and operational elements of our individual efforts, we can have a greater impact on the threat of terrorist content online.