Facebook bolsters AI and manpower to combat and take down terrorist postings

Facebook will enlist AI to help it better tackle terrorist content

Facebook will enlist AI to help it better tackle terrorist content

The move comes after growing pressure from governments for technology companies to do more to take down material such as terrorist propaganda.

Monika Bickert, Facebook's Director of Global Policy Management, and Brian Fishman, the company's Counterterrorism Policy Manager, acknowledged in a posting on its website that they believe social media should not be a place where terrorists have a voice.

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The company also says it is working on ways to keep pace with "repeat offenders" who create accounts just to post terrorist material and look for ways of circumventing existing systems and controls. In rare cases, when they uncover evidence of imminent harm, they promptly inform authorities about it. The social network giant is also receiving questions from people regarding its role in fighting terrorism online.

The social media company will also work with various partners like Institute for Strategic Dialogue and Affinis Labs to "push back against extremism and hate online", according to the statement.

Facebook is also experimenting with language understanding, analyzing pro-terrorist text that's been removed from the site.

The company has deployed a system that stores a digital footprint of any video or photograph that has already been removed for promoting terrorism and automatically flags this to human reviewers if someone else tries to repost it.

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Video fingerprinting called "hashes" are being used to help Facebook's algorithms find and ultimately terminate extremist videos before they're ever posted or made public.

Facebook said it will work to "counter terrorism and extremist content" by expanding its ranks of "terrorism and safety specialists, including academic experts on counter-terrorism and former law enforcement officers".

Following a terror attacks in London, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has been calling on social media companies to increase their efforts to combat terrorism. "Given the limited data some of our apps collect as part of their service, the ability to share data across the whole family is indispensable to our efforts to keep all our platforms safe", the company said.

Critics argue that the challenges may be enormous in a site with two billion users but the company makes billions of dollars from the content on its site and could devote more resources - and more of its best engineers - to dealing with the issue.

Furthermore, Facebook continues to use human expertise to fight terrorism.

YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft past year created a common database of digital fingerprints automatically assigned to videos or photos of militant content to help each other identify the same content on their platforms. "But we do provide the information we can in response to valid law enforcement requests, consistent with applicable law and our policies", the authors wrote. Last night Facebook said in a blog post that it was developing an algorithm to identify terrorist content by the language used.

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