Facebook uses AI in fight against terrorism

Facebook says using AI to fight terrorism on its platform

Facebook says it's using artificial intelligence to help it combat terrorists' use of its platform. Other questions, he said, include: "Is social media good for democracy?"

"We agree with those who say that social media should not be a place where terrorists have a voice", Bickert and Fishman write.

The post comes in response to public concerns over the role of tech companies in fighting terrorism online following recent terror attacks.

"We want to find terrorist content immediately, before people in our community have seen it", Bickert and Fishman write. They have accused Facebook, Google parent Alphabet Inc. and others of complacency over the proliferation of inappropriate content - in particular, posts or videos deemed as extremist propaganda or communication - on their social networks. British Prime Minister Theresa May ratcheted up complaints this month in the wake of a series of deadly terror attacks in the U.K. Just days before a general election, meanwhile, the campaigns for both of Britain's two main parties pulled political ads from Alphabet's YouTube video-sharing site after being alerted those ads were appearing before extremist content.

In addition to targeting ISIS, Al Qaeda and their affiliates, they said Facebook's counterterrorism efforts will "expand to other terrorist organizations in due course".

Artificial intelligence will largely be used in conjunction with human moderators who review content on a case-by-case basis. "But we know we can do better at using technology".

Facebook and other internet companies face growing government pressure to identify and prevent the spread of terrorist propaganda and recruiting messages on their services.

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The company now employs more than 150 people who are "exclusively or primarily focused on countering terrorism as their core responsibility".

But it also says that already more than half of the accounts that it removes for supporting terrorism are ones that it finds itself.

In Thursday's statement, Facebook said it has put together a team of more than 150 people "exclusively or primarily" focused on countering terrorism as their core responsibility. The company is also attempting to tackle terrorist activity on WhatsApp and Instagram as well, the post said. Another would apply machine learning algorithms to look for patterns in the language of terrorist propaganda so it could be identified and removed more quickly. "What we see is terrorist actors and their supporters start to understand the kind of things that we're doing and they try to change what they do and we have to be reactive to that".

One aspect of the novel technology it is talking about for the first time is image matching. The company said it regularly works with law enforcement and governments.

The blog post also highlighted Facebook's efforts to fund and train anti-extremist groups to produce counternarratives, or online content created to undercut terrorist propaganda and dissuade people from joining terrorist groups.

In the post, Bickert and Fishman admit "AI can't catch everything".

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