CNN News reports that, Microsoft outlined policies for removing “terrorist content” online, which it’s defining as anything that supports organizations on the U.N. Security Council Sanctions List, in a blog post.
“When terrorist content on our hosted consumer services is brought to our attention via our online reporting tool, we will remove it,” Microsoft wrote in its post.
The company also said it will help fund technology to identify and curb the distribution of terrorist material, and work to educate young people about misinformation and hate speech.
“The events of the past few months are a strong reminder that the Internet can be used for the worst reasons imaginable,” Microsoft said.
Microsoft is entering this conversation months later than firms like Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. But the company says it playing a different role.
“Although Microsoft does not run any of the leading social networks or video-sharing sites, from time to time, terrorist content may be posted to or shared on our Microsoft-hosted consumer services. In light of this, we want to be transparent about our approach to combating terrorist content,” it said.
Late last year, Twitter changed its policy on violent posts to include more explicit rules about when it can shut down accounts. While Twitter didn’t specifically cite the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, the statement came amid growing outrage that terrorists use social media to recruit new members.[related-posts]
The company announced in February this year that it has shut down more than 125,000 accounts since the middle of last year.
Facebook has also been aggressively going after terrorist accounts so much so that CEO Mark Zuckerberg was threatened by a group of ISIS supporters earlier this year.
In a 25-minute video, a group that calls itself the Sons Caliphate Army showed pictures of Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey engulfed in flames.