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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube have created a super-team to tackle terrorism. The fearless foursome currently face a tricky foe: public and government sentiment that their social licence could be revoked if they don't do something about their platforms being used to spread hate speech that radicalises users and …

  1. a_yank_lurker Silver badge

    Problem

    While terrorists do use various social media and online communication tools and terrorists kills and maims innocent people how do you define 'terrorist content'. Outside of some blatant edge cases you could easily move into censorship of those whose views you do not like. If this is not done very, very carefully it could damage the brands more than if they did not do anything.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Problem

      Yes, the US army, air force, and the Whitehouse use various social media platforms.

      Yes, the US kills and maims innocent people.

      But shutting down their social media accounts won't solve the root problem.

    2. tiggity Silver badge

      Re: Problem

      Indeed, a moving target.

      I remember, back in the day, Special Branch photographing people at demos against visiting South African politicians (in the days of apartheid SA).

      Back then the UK security forces thought you were a potential enemy of the state if you opposed that racist regime.

      Yet now, you will not find a certain politician saying apartheid SA was anything other than evil, whereas back then plenty of politicians were pro apartheid SA.

      Mandela went from being a terrorist to a saintly figure in a few decades.

      Lets look at the Taleban, USA best mates when they wanted the USSR out of Afghanistan, nowadays deemed terrorists.

      Their terrorism definition criteria will ahve to be fluid to change with the political winds

      1. Trigonoceps occipitalis Silver badge

        Re: Problem

        Not an apologist for Special Branch nor the Apartheid regime however:

        Some revolutionaries will use any, usually benign, cause to support and justify their revolutionary and sometimes violent activity.

        Some crazies are just so committed to their cause that they should be committed before their unwarranted violence causes injury or death.

  2. frank ly

    Make that " ... Counter All Terrorism"

    GIFCAT, GIFGAT, dah dah dah dah duh duh. I sense an animated logo approaching.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    They'll have more chance of herding cats.

  4. jake Silver badge
    Pint

    TGIF CT

    Thank Gawd/ess It's Friday ... CT. CT?

    Capture Taproom!

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    OK, which one is the DD cup member

    I can see Superman, Flash, etc, but most important question as far as a superhero squad is concerned is unanswered.

    Which one of these is the DD cup superhero (the one getting half of the pay rate too). there has to be at least one in an American superhero squad (usually an illegal alien too). It HAS to be of a DD cup size and it HAS to wear a skimpy outfit. Without that it cannot be an American Superhero squad.

  6. Potemkine! Silver badge

    Suicidal tendencies

    If Twatter and Face-de-bouc begin to act on hate speech, they may lose a huge chunk of their business.

    If adding to that they fight fake news and false allegations, they might be end out of business (Yippee!)

  7. Mike Richards Silver badge

    I'm guessing Twitter is the one that dies in the third act and Facebook is the one secretly working for the bad guys.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    as a future iphone user i want apple to team up with them

  9. bombastic bob Silver badge
    Trollface

    Fox. Henhouse. No problem!

    just sayin'

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