Taskforce makes terror pledge
Global tech giants have agreed to act on terror content.
A high-tech task force including social media companies and Australian internet service providers has laid out how companies should act against material that shows terrorist attacks or violent crime or encourages people to commit one.
It came out at the same time Prime Minister Scott Morrison issued a new warning to tech firms.
"[Tech companies] need to apply as much of your energy, resources, effort, innovation, technology, to addressing this problem as you do to sending me an ad to go and buy a new T-shirt when I look at something on the internet," the prime minister said in Osaka, where he attended the G20 summit over the weekend.
“They're very good at that. I need them to be as focused and good at making sure terrorists don't use their product as a weapon.
“Because frankly, if they do nothing, I'll be back. I'll be back saying; ‘Well, you know, I think we're gonna have to go further than a statement’.”
Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Microsoft, Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and TPG all acknowledged in the task force report that they know the government would look at further laws and regulations if they do not act.
The Morrison government has already brought in laws making it a criminal offence for companies not to remove videos that show abhorrent violent content.
The tech companies say they will review their algorithms to ensure they do not push people towards terrorist and extreme violent content.
They are considering potential ‘cooling-off’ periods new users of live-streaming services, and say they will suspend users who repeatedly breach community standards.
The industry is also working on a new online crisis response protocol for dealing with terrorist and extreme violent material.
They are planning to hold a test terrorist event in the next 12 months to demonstrate how well the new systems are working.
The companies have also committed to report twice a year to government on how many items have been flagged, how many blocked or removed, the time taken to review and take action on flagged content, and how many views it got in that time.