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Tech giants collaborate to remove extremist content

Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google’s YouTube have announced a new collaborative effort to combat extremist material on their platforms, involving a shared database of information about prohibited content.

The leading internet companies will create a common log of unique digital fingerprints assigned to videos and images – known as “hashes” – for content that is deemed to promote terrorism. According to a joint statement, this could include terrorist-recruitment videos or violent terrorist imagery.

The shared database will mean that when one platform flags and remove content – described as “the most extreme and egregious terrorist images and videos we have removed from our services” – the others can use its hash to identify and eradicate the content on their own system, dependent on how it fits against their respective policies.

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