Microsoft is Cracking Down on Terrorist Content on its Services

In light of continual acts of terror around the world, Microsoft has announced that it is issuing new policies to cut down on terrorist content on some of its consumer services.

Microsoft says they will rely on consumers to report objectionable content at first, and that they have future plans to fund research to develop a tool that could scan digital content to flags images, audio and video for potential removal as time goes on.

Some of its consumer services under examination include Xbox Live, the consumer version of Outlook email, and the company’s consumer documents-sharing service says financialpost.com.

3b2cedca-8b79-4c98-8bb5-7067b7587a43Microsoft will remove links on its search engine, Bing, the company says, if they violate local search provider laws.

In a blog post, they stated:

“We will consider terrorist content to be material posted by or in support of organizations included on the Consolidated United Nations Security Council Sanctions List that depicts graphic violence, encourages violent action, endorses a terrorist organization or its acts, or encourages people to join such groups.”

Those using Microsoft products and services can now report content “posted by or in support of a terrorist organization that depicts graphic violence, encourages violent action, endorses a terrorist organization or its acts, or encourages people to join such groups,” using an online form.

Facebook and Twitter have both taken a stance against terror-linked content on their sites by suspending accounts and encouraging activists to counter extremist views with posts promoting tolerance and cooperation.

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