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Tech giants band together to fight terrorist content online

by Mariella Moon, Engadget

They’re probably hoping this will get authorities off their backs

Some of the biggest names in tech have concocted a plan to combat the spread of terrorist content online together. Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Alphabet-owned YouTube are creating a shared database of “hashes” for any terror-related content they remove from their services. Hashes are unique code identifiers associated with each photo and video that computers can use for identification. For instance, if Facebook spots a new recruitment or (heaven forbid) beheading video on its website, the social network will give it a hash before and upload it to the database. The websites won’t automatically purge photos and videos in the database, though — each service will still review and remove them on their own.

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