Consortium Of Tech Firms And Governments Hailed On Progress Of Blocking Terror Posts On Line

Posted on June 8, 2018

At a meeting on Friday, hosted by Google, the group will say that 88,000 “hashes” of terrorism-related content have been added to a shared database used by the coalition’s companies.
The hashes – essentially a digital fingerprint – can be used to block material before it is posted.
The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism – GIFCT – said it was well on course to meet its target of 100,000 hashes by the end of this year. As well as Google, the group’s members are Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and other, smaller tech firms. The GIFCT will also announce an additional database to help companies block harmful content hosted on external websites from appearing on their platforms. Twitter has developed the database of web addresses that it has blocked on its own network, which can then be accessed by other firms currently taking part in a beta test of the concept. To date, 4,734 links have been added to the database over the last “several months”. A source with knowledge of the programme said that the amount of links was likely to increase considerably once the database moved out of the testing phase.

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