Terrorism is an issue that affects us all, and Microsoft has released its latest plan outlining how they will be tackling terrorism and extremist content online.
They will be addressing the issues in two ways. First by acting on any content that appears on their service(s), Secondly by partnering with public-private groups to tackle the problem on a larger scale.
One of the bigger impacts could/would be through their Bing search engine. However, Microsoft warns that "in the context of a tool for accessing information, we believe that societies, acting through their governments, ought to draw the line between free speech and limitations relating to particular types of content." Hence, they will only remove links, "when that takedown is required of search providers under local law."
Their second strategy will be to develop public-private partnerships to tackle this problem on a larger scale, because one of the problems is that once one location takes down terrorist content, it just pops right back up someplace else. So Microsoft is funding Professor Hany, Farid of Dartmouth College, to develop a new technology to stop the spread of terrorist material.
Microsoft is also the "founding member and a financial sponsor" for a public-private partnership that was launched in Geneva this April. The partnership brings together the "United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, civil society, academics, and government and industry representatives."
Microsofts YouthSpark Hub will also be getting new content. YouthSpark is partnered with nonprofit organizations, schools, governments and other businesses to make more computer science education courses, trainings and resources available to young people. YouthSpark will be including "material designed to help young people distinguish factual and credible content from misinformation and hate speech as well as tools for how to report and counter negative content." The material should help guide our youth from heading down the path of radicalization.