Tech Giants Team Up Against Terrorism

We are in the business of giving parents advice when it comes to kids, teens and social media. Frankly, in a lot of situations the right advice is telling parents, “Talk to your kids” or, “Make sure your kids are talking to you.” Unfortunately, some of the time that involves telling your kids not to do something they were intending to do, or something “all their friends are doing”.

Still, it’s good advice. Here’s another thing you should talk to your kids about, and it doesn’t involve telling them that they’re doing something wrong. Talk to your kids about reporting possible terrorist activity if they see it online.

Today social media giants Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft (Skype and LinkedIn) announced that they will be collaborating to share best practices around preventing the spread of terrorist activity online. According to the Facebook release:

“Starting today, we commit to the creation of a shared industry database of “hashes” — unique digital “fingerprints” — for violent terrorist imagery or terrorist recruitment videos or images that we have removed from our services. By sharing this information with each other, we may use the shared hashes to help identify potential terrorist content on our respective hosted consumer platforms.”

Of course, if you’re an adult and you see some terrorist-related online – a threat, possible recruiting activity – you report it, either to the social media company or the police. Are you sure that your kids would do the same?

Consider school fight videos that are constantly being shared online. In addition to the person filming the video that was posted, the bystanders are often standing around filming the event rather than stepping in to help. It happens too often.

Surveys show that kids and teens are similarly reticent to report cyberbullying and other toxic behavior when they see them online. That’s another issue, but when it comes to terrorism, there is no excuse for not saying something. And the downside for falsely reporting something that is not terrorism (if you think it is) is zero.

Make sure your kids know that reporting terrorism is the right thing to do.

 

 

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Europe Forces Tech Giants to Tackle Terrorism, Hate Speech

It’s no surprise that hate speech including support of terrorism is a serious issue on social media sites and perhaps even multiplayer gaming platforms. Europe, in conjunction with a group of tech heavyweights, is taking some more serious steps to combat it.

The European Commission, the Continent’s governing body, announced today that it has reached a landmark agreement with Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter wherein the popular tech platforms will voluntarily take steps to combat not only the creation and sharing of terrorist propaganda, but also some forms of person to person cyberbullying and hate speech.

European CommissionAs part of the agreement, the companies have agreed to:

  • Develop clear rules outlining what types of hate speech are not permitted
  • Improve the ability of users to report abuse on their platform
  • Upon notification, remove “the majority” of hate speech from their network within 24 hours
  • Cooperate with other social media and technology platforms to share best practices
  • Cooperate with European Union countries when indications of terrorist support are uncovered

The overarching goal is to ensure that hate speech is policed as strictly on social media as it is on traditional media platforms, while still preserving freedom of expression. Where they draw the line is that speech that “offends, shocks or disturbs the State or any sector of the population” is not prohibited; but serious incitement to violence and hatred is.

 

 

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