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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube join hands to forge anti-terror partnership
Often the concern had been raised that owing to the 'convenience, affordability, and broad reach of social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, terrorist groups have increasingly used social media to further their goals and spread their message'.

This too had become a menace and the attempts were made by various governments and agencies to thwart the use of social media use by terrorist organizations, but it had been ineffective measure.

However, now, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube, have joined hands to forge an anti-terror partnership to thwart the spread of extremist content online.

Accordingly, the four internet companies have formed the "Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism" to enable the on-line hosted consumer services hostile to terrorists and violent extremists, reported the media. It is being hoped this partnership of the technology majors would help to prevent effectively the use of social platforms to promote or spread extremist views.

According to a joint statement by the four technology giants posted on Twitter's policy blog, the spread of terrorism and violent extremism was a pressing global problem and a critical challenge for all. "We believe that by working together, sharing the best technological and operational elements of our individual efforts, we can have a greater impact on the threat of terrorist content online," stated the blog.

According to a study by Gabriel Weimann of the University of Haifa, it has been found that almost 90 per cent of organized terrorism on the internet takes place via social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and internet forums to spread terrorism promoting messages, recruit members and gather intelligence. In this light, the launch of "Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism" is a welcome step, it is being felt.

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