Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Microsoft: 4in1 solution for your anti-propaganda needs. If these 4 companies join up for a reason, we might expect something radical, it’s either a joyride or, as John Cleese might have put it: something completely different. At least Apple‘s not included, so we can hope to keep our headphones, but to get serious, the occasion seems to be a good cause, worthy of attention. They will work together to build a database of photos and videos used to recruit people into terrorism, they announced. This huge dump of media database will be used to identify images via a unique digital fingerprint, and the 4 players will remove the inapproriate imagery.
“There is no place for content that promotes terrorism on our hosted consumer services. When alerted, we take swift action against this kind of content in accordance with our respective policies.” This cooperation has a past: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Microsoft had already grouped together to identify and remove child pornography using a similar technique. The technique was developed by the UK’s Internet Watch Foundation. Google’s using it to scan its users Gmail account for child porn.