Social Media Companies to Cooperate on Removing Terrorist Propaganda
The top social media networks in the United States say they are working together to quickly identify and take down photos and video that are used to recruit people into terrorism.
Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and YouTube announced Monday that they will create a shared database that identifies flagged images and video using unique "fingerprints," making it easier for the companies to review and potentially remove the content.
They said each company will then determine whether the material violates their business' terms of service.
"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 in a statement. "There is no place for content that promotes terrorism on our hosted consumer services."
The internet giants have come under increasing pressure from governments around the world to do more to remove extremist material.
In the United States, lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require social media companies to report to police any online terrorist activities they learn about.
Most social media services have terms of agreement that prohibit content that supports violent or illegal activities. The companies typically rely on users to flag inappropriate content, which is then reviewed by editors.
The new database will be up and running by early 2017 and more companies could be brought into the partnership.
New Islamic State Spokesman Takes Aim at West, Turkey and Iran
A new chief spokesman for the Islamic State is urging supporters to target the terror group’s enemies wherever they find them and “burn the ground under their feet.”
IS, through its media division, released an audio recording of Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, naming him as the replacement for Abu Muhammad al-Adnani. Adnani was killed in a U.S. drone strike near al-Bab, Syria August 30.
“Attack them in their markets, roads, clubs and any unexpected location,” Muhajir said, “Your operations make a difference…change the situation.”
Muhajir also promises new attacks on the U.S., Russia, Europe and Iran, but he reserves considerable venom for Turkey. He tells IS supporters to attack "the secular, apostate Turkish government in every security, military, economic and media place even every embassy and consulate that represents it in all the world's countries."