Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft have begun to work together to
remove extremist content on all their platforms through an information
sharing initiative. They are creating a proactive shared database using
unique digital fingerprints known as “hashes” for images and videos that
promote terrorism. When one company identifies and removes such a piece of
content, the others will be able to use the hash to identify and remove the
same piece of content from their own network.
“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,” said the companies in a statement.
The tech companies have already adopted similar technology to tackle
child sexual abuse imagery. They are required by law to remove content
identified by law enforcement that breaks the law.
The strength of PhotoDNA comes from the single central database, he
said. “If it’s removed from one site, it’s removed everywhere. That’s
incredibly powerful. It’s less powerful if it gets removed from Facebook and
not from Twitter and YouTube.
Technology companies have been under pressure from governments around
the world over the spread of extremist propaganda online from terror networks
such as ISIS.
In January, top White House officials met with representatives from
Apple, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft to explore ways to tackle terrorism.
And in January and February of 2016, Pope Francis met with several
tech CEOs in brief private meetings to discuss ways of controlling technology
for the “common good.”
Bringing technology businesses into line with the new world order in
the name of fighting terrorism by eliminating extremist content is a prelude
to eliminating other content falsely labeled as extremist such as
Bible-based, Sabbath-keeping religious groups. Developing the ability to
limit their movements and the way they communicate their message is crucial
to preventing truth from reaching the masses.
“And the merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall
stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, and saying,
Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen and purple, and
scarlet, and decked with gold and precious stones, and pearls! For in one
hour so great riches is come to nought.” Revelation 18:15-17.
"Used with permission of Keep the Faith Ministry"