Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube come together to curb Terrorism on their Platforms

On Monday the Social Media giants like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft said that they would form a global working group thereby getting their efforts together to curb and detach the terrorist contents on their platform.

This move has come after the pressure from the Europe and United States, who faced attacks from the terrorists and are in the process of putting an end to their communication which might be through any of the above-mentioned media, reports said.

The companies also reiterated that they would share the technical solutions used for removing the terrorist content, commission research to inform their efforts on counter-speech and also work with the counter-terrorism experts.

The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism said “will formalize and structure existing and future areas of collaboration between our companies and foster cooperation with smaller tech companies, civil society groups and academics, governments and supra-national bodies such as the EU and the UN.”

At EU level the political pressure on the companies has raised the new legislation, however, the proposal of the law to find the social media on the event of non-removal of the hateful postings has been put forth by only Germany. The State has mentioned the amount to be fined for up to EUR 50 million ($56 million). The voting on the same would take place in the lower house of the parliament in this week.

There would be improvement seen in the technical work such as a database which was created in December to share unique digital fingerprints they automatically assign to videos or photos of extremist content.

Sometime back Facebook had spoken about its efforts to remove terrorism content in response to the criticism laid on the social media by the politicians stating that the former was not doing much to avoid the militant groups from using their platform for propaganda.

Google was seen next announcing additional measures to identify and remove content relating to terrorism.

On Twitter, about 3,76,890 accounts were suspended for violations related to promoting terrorism, which was in the second half of 2016.

It is decided that the four companies will counter on the online hate speech and also involve the civil society organizations to be following the same.