As terrorist organizations increasingly turn to the internet as an effective recruitment and propaganda tool, more companies are introducing policies to combat the problem.

The latest big firm to fight back against online terrorist content is Microsoft, which has now officially banned the material from its consumer services, including Outlook, Xbox Live, and Docs.

While there is no universally accepted definition of terrorist content, Microsoft considers it to be material posted by or in support of organizations included on the Consolidated United Nations Security Council Sanctions List that depicts graphic violence, encourages violent action, endorses a terrorist organization or its acts, or encourages people to join such groups.

Microsoft isn t going at this alone; the company said it will be partnering with others who are working to tackle the same issues.

If the company agrees that it is terrorist content, it will be taken down.

Censoring any search engine results is always a contentious issue.

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