The world’s biggest technology companies have joined together in an attempt to fight against chld sexual abuse content online.

The tech giants – which includes Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter – have committed to work with each other to keep the content off social networks and other distribution platforms, they claim. The firms, speaking as part of the existing Technology Coalition of digital firms, have announced Project Protect – which it says will improve the cross-industry approach to stopping child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA) content appearing online.

The project includes a “five pillar’ plan consisting of pushing innovation in technology to detect and stop such content, encouraging more collective action, funding more independent research, increased information sharing and greater transparency and accountability. Last week, industry experts told MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee that social media firms were still not doing enough to stop the spread of online child abuse.