Major Internet Companies Including Facebook and Twitter Joins to Fight Extremism

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As hate speech related problems have become a major problems for popular social networking platforms, several countries including UK and France are trying to implement rules to force these companies to tackle the problem. In recent weeks, both Facebook and Twitter have launched several campaigns to stop online extremism and now, both Microsoft and YouTube have joined to create Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism to fight cases related to extremism.

The policies of the latest forum are similar to the ones Facebook outlined few days earlier as it outlined the plan to fight terrorism. On the other hand, Twitter’s Policy Team wrote, “We believe that by working together, sharing the best technological and operational elements of our individual efforts. We can have a greater impact on the threat of terrorist content online.” The forum is planning on implementing different technological solutions to prevent the platforms to be a safe ground for terrorists.

In the coming days, the forum is planning on figuring out the best methods to fight hate speech and similar materials online. Afterwards, the forum is going to share it with other companies which might not have the resources to fight terrorism related issues. This latest development comes shortly after both France and UK recently agreed to fight Germany’s footsteps to implement fines if internet giants fail to take measures to remove hate speeches from their networks.

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