Zoom Joins Meta, Microsoft As The Newest Member Of Tech Industry Counterterrorism Group GIFCT

Video-conferencing platform Zoom has joined a counterterrorism group shaped by main US tech firms together with Meta, previously often known as Fb, and Microsoft, the group stated on Wednesday.

The International Web Discussion board to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) is an unbiased group by means of which member firms share data to fight terrorism and violent extremism on their websites.

Zoom, which noticed utilization explode in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic however has confronted slowing development in latest months, has come below scrutiny over easy methods to police content material and abuses on its platform.

GIFCT's founding members had been Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Alphabet's YouTube.

Its membership has risen to 18 firms with 5 new platforms becoming a member of this yr together with home-rental agency Airbnb, social community Tumblr and on-line publishing platform WordPress. It stated it plans for extra in 2022.

Tech firms have lengthy been criticized for failing to curb violent extremist exercise on their platforms, although additionally they face considerations over free expression.

GIFCT was created in 2017 below stress from the US and European governments after a collection of lethal assaults in Paris and Brussels.

It manages a hash-sharing database, the place member firms can share "hashes", distinctive numerical representations of authentic items of content material which were faraway from their providers. Different firms can use these hashes to establish the identical content material on their websites and assessment or take away the fabric.

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