Silicon Valley Big Brother is at it again! Some of the world’s largest social media and software corporations have announced they will increase efforts to stunt the spread of “extremest” content on their websites by creating a common database.
Reuters, via Breitbart reports:
“Web giants YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database.
The companies will share ‘hashes’ – unique digital fingerprints they automatically assign to videos or photos – of extremist content they have removed from their websites to enable their peers to identify the same content on their platforms.
“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,” the companies said in a statement on Tuesday.
Tech companies have long resisted outside intervention in how their sites should be policed, but have come under increasing pressure from Western governments to do more to remove extremist content following a wave of militant attacks.”
Given the biased track records of companies like Facebook and Twitter, it’s easy to imagine what their cherry-picked definition of “extremest” might be. As ISIS recruits from Twitter and yet people like Milo Yiannopoulos get banned, their central databases could easily end up full of topics that red-blooded, freedom-loving Americans frequent, while letting Muslim apologetics and ISIS sympathizers fly, but only time will tell.