TECH TAKES AIM AT ON­LINE PRO­PA­GANDA

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

Face­book, Mi­crosoft, Twit­ter and YouTube are join­ing forces to more quickly iden­tify the worst ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda and pre­vent it from spread­ing on­line.

The new pro­gram an­nounced Mon­day would cre­ate a data­base of unique dig­i­tal “fin­ger­prints” to help au­to­mat­i­cally iden­tify videos or images the com­pa­nies could re­move.

The move by the tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies, which is ex­pected to be­gin in early 2017, aims to as­suage gov­ern­ment con­cerns — and de­rail pro­posed new fed­eral leg­is­la­tion — over so­cial me­dia con­tent that is seen as in­creas­ingly driv­ing ter­ror­ist re­cruit­ment and rad­i­cal­iza­tion, while also bal­anc­ing free-speech is­sues.

Tech­ni­cal details were be­ing worked out, but Mi­crosoft pi­o­neered sim­i­lar tech­nol­ogy to de­tect, re­port and re­move child pornog­ra­phy through such a data­base in 2009.

Un­der the new part­ner­ship, the com­pa­nies promised to share among them­selves “the most ex­treme and egre­gious ter­ror­ist images and videos we have re­moved from our ser­vices — con­tent most likely to vi­o­late all our re­spec­tive com­pa­nies’ con­tent poli­cies,” ac­cord­ing to a joint an­nounce­ment Mon­day even­ing. The As­so­ci­ated Press

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