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Microsoft is joining to solving the problems the White Houses intense effort to get Silicon Valley’s help in preventing organizations like ISIS from using social media as a recruiting and fundraising tool.
The prohibition specifically deals with content that depicts graphic violence, encourages violent action, endorses a terrorist group or its acts, or encourages people to join such groups, according to Microsoft.
It was inevitable that there would need to be new approaches to combat terrorism in the digital arena, Microsoft said, noting the importance of the Internet as a communications hub.
Recent events have served as a reminder that it can be used for the worst reasons imaginable, the company added.
Microsoft will continue using its notice and takedown process for removing prohibited content. When brought to its attention through its online reporting tool — whether by governments, concerned citizens or other groups — such content will be removed.
In a nod to censorship concerns, Microsoft said it would remove links to terrorist-related content from Bing search results when the takedown would be required of search providers under local law. The company already operates that way in France, for example, where police authorities routinely report links to terrorist-related content.
The antiterror efforts Microsoft and others have undertaken should be effective, said Todd Helmus, senior behavioral scientist at the Rand Corp., because in addition to limiting access to terror networks, the companies are providing alternative messaging.
“What’s noteworthy about Microsoft and what you’re seeing from the other social media giants is that not only are there efforts to remove content or limit access to content, but also … opportunities for counter content,” he told the E-Commerce Times. “That’s also a very important aspect of this as well.”
Microsoft routinely gets government requests for customer data. During the second half of 2015, the firm received 39,083 requests involving more than 64,000 users globally, for example.
Twitter, Facebook and others in recent months have taken steps to crack down on the use of their sites for terrorist activity, hateful speech or content promoting violence. The changes followed the revelation that the shooters in the San Bernardino massacre in 2015 were inspired by social media linked to ISIS.
This is a much needed issues since we all need to help to fight the war against terrorism!
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