Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Microsoft vow to cut off terrorist content

The platforms are sharing a database to log and quickly quash the spread of hateful content online. Instagram also announced features to quell harassment.

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In a time of growing divisions and increasingly negative online commentary, social media and tech companies are making a stand.

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft have pledged to come together to stop the spread of terrorist content online.

A recent post on Facebook’s newsroom reads, in part:

Starting today, we commit to the creation of a shared industry database of “hashes” — unique digital “fingerprints” — for violent terrorist imagery or terrorist recruitment videos or images that we have removed from our services. By sharing this information with each other, we may use the shared hashes to help identify potential terrorist content on our respective hosted consumer platforms. 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.

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