Microsoft finally joins tech giants fighting terrorism online

Microsoft will start cracking down in terrorist content on services such as Xbox Live, the consumer version of Outlook, and more.

Additionally, the company says that it will remove terrorist-related content from its Bing search engine whenever requested by government agencies and will try to display links promoting anti-terror non-government organizations when returning queries for terrorism-related search results. One is that the firm will tackle terrorist content once it appears and the other is that it will investigate in partnership with others who are working to addressing this issue.

However, Users will still be able to use Bing to search for terrorist content.

"We have a responsibility to run our various Internet services so that they are a tool to empower people, not to contribute, however indirectly, to bad acts", writes Microsoft.

Microsoft described its new policy to check terrorism on its consumer services as "inevitable".

The company at the same time highlighted its commitment to respecting people's freedom of expression, privacy, and right to information.

One way that Microsoft hopes to strike that balance is to offer content from multiple sources in its results. The company said it would instead work with non-government organizations to develop positive messaging to dissuade users searching for terrorist material.

Microsoft is also using this as an opportunity to support research into technology that can identify terrorist imagery, video and audio. The UN's sanctions list includes the Islamic State group, as well as al Qaeda and its Somalian affiliate Al-Shabaab. Since this process may take time, the company is now relying on consumers to report questionable content to them.




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