Facebook, Twitter team up to fight terror

  • 27/06/2017
Tech giants fight terrorism
The tech giants have joined forces to target terrorism on their sites. Photo credit: Newshub

Four of the world's biggest tech companies, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube, have joined forces to make their services "hostile to terrorists and violent extremists."

Each of the companies have been criticised for not doing enough to fight terrorist activity on their internet services, and in some cases have been sued by families of people killed in terrorist attacks.

The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism announced on Tuesday (NZT) that it aims to formalise areas of collaboration among the companies.

The group also expects to network with smaller tech companies, civil society groups and academics, governments and supra-national bodies such as the European Union and the United Nations on developing policies and technologies to disrupt the dispersal of terrorist content.

"The spread of terrorism and violent extremism is a pressing global problem and a critical challenge for us all," the companies said in a joint statement.

"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."

Specific goals outlined include "standard transparency reporting methods" for terrorist content removals and commissioning research related to the removal of such material to help guide future policy and technical decisions.