It has taken way too long for this to happen. The immediate impact of this is likely to be domestic, cutting the legs out from under the right-wing fake news sites and hate sites. This will target foreign as well as domestic terrorist recruiting.
Web giants to cooperate on removal of extremist content
Web giants YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database.
The companies will share ‘hashes’ – unique digital fingerprints they automatically assign to videos or photos – of extremist content they have removed from their websites to enable their peers to identify the same content on their 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,” the companies said in a statement on Tuesday.
Tech companies have long resisted outside intervention in how their sites should be policed, but have come under increasing pressure from Western governments to do more to remove extremist content following a wave of militant attacks.
YouTube and Facebook have begun to use hashes to automatically remove extremist content.
But many providers have relied until now mainly on users to flag content that violates terms of service. Flagged material is then individually reviewed by human editors who delete postings found to be in violation.
Twitter suspended 235,000 accounts between February and August this year and has expanded the teams reviewing reports of extremist content.
Each company will decide what image and video hashes to add to the database and matching content will not be automatically removed, they said.
The database will be up and running in early 2017 and more companies could be brought into the partnership.
The European Union set up an EU Internet Forum last year bringing together the internet companies, interior ministers and the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator to find ways of removing extremist content.
December 7, 2016 at 11:21 AM
I had NO idea it was this bad until it made the legitimate news. No wonder people are so stupid when it comes to politics. I’m no genius and only moderately informed, but I’m a PhD compared to the crap and misinformation I’ve heard.
December 7, 2016 at 1:50 PM
The real problem is that it has moved from he lying of the Rush Limbaugh days of the 90’s to full on attacks and incitement to violence.
The problem is neither the Web Providers or the government moved to put the assholes down.
One of the things the Chickencrats could have done to stop this is o have reinstated the “Fairness Doctrine” that Raygun killed, allowing this kind of crap to go on.
December 7, 2016 at 2:18 PM
I definitely hear you.
My “default setting” now-a-days for everything in life i don’t understand is to ask myself: who profits from this? When all reason ends, greed is usually the reason why.
Major news outlets switched to infotainment because it pays. They may not be lying, but they sure aren’t telling the whole truth. The real truth isn’t pleasant nor entertaining. On the internet, clickbait pays because Google ad-words rewards lairs monetarily.
interesting times we live in.
December 7, 2016 at 3:12 PM
What folks don’t realize is that should the Chumph assume the presidency, things rather quickly move from tossing verbal barbs to an all out “Cold” War.
If Obama doesn’t use a recess appointment to appoint Garland to the Supreme court, it is my belief that will turn into a hot war in 6 months or less. That really is one of the big trigger points.
The second is any attempt by the Chumph to do mass deportations.
Unless the Chumph cleans up his act, I predict he is either out of office by foot, or in a body bag in two years.
To be honest, I really don’t care which at this point.