Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube are coming together to help curb the spread of terrorist content online.


These platforms have formulated a means of discouraging any content that promotes terrorism.

This will be done through the creation of a shared industry database of “hashes” — unique digital fingerprints — for violent terrorist imagery or terrorist recruitment videos or images.

By sharing this information with each other, they’ll be able to identify potential terrorist content on their respective platforms.


These companies will begin sharing hashes of the most extreme and egregious terrorist images and videos they have removed from their services — content most likely to violate all of their respective companies’ content policies.

Participating companies can add hashes of terrorist images or videos that are identified on one of their platforms to the database.

Other participating companies can then use those hashes to identify such content on their services, review in accordance to their respective policies and definitions, and remove matching content as appropriate.


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