Microsoft to block 'terrorist content' on its services

Microsoft has amended its terms of use to specifically prohibit the posting of “terrorist content” on its services and will invest in private-public partnerships to tackle the broader issue of terrorism.

The firm defined terrorist content as material posted by or in support of organisations included on the Consolidated United Nations Security Council Sanctions List that depicts graphic violence, encourages violent action, endorses a terrorist organisation or its acts, or encourages people to join such groups, according to a 20 May blog post.

Microsoft will continue its “notice-and-takedown” process for removal of prohibited content and will only remove links to terrorist-related content from Bing when required to do so under local law, the post said.

The tech giant said that it will also help fight terrorism by leveraging new technologies and investing in partnerships which bring together the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, civil society, academics, government and industry representatives.