Facebook Will Use Artificial Intelligence to Police 'Extremist' Content

Facebook Will Use Artificial Intelligence to Police 'Extremist' Content

"We want to find terrorist content immediately, before people in our community have seen it", Facebook said in a statement.

This is analysing text previously removed for praising or supporting a group such as IS and trying to work out text-based signals that such content may be terrorist propaganda.

"We are now focusing our most cutting edge techniques to combat terrorist content about ISIS, Al Qaeda and their affiliates, and we expect to expand to other terrorist organizations in due course", company representatives write.

The post comes in response to public concerns over the role of tech companies in fighting terrorism online following recent terror attacks. "This work is never finished because it is adversarial, and the terrorists are continuously evolving their methods, too", Bickert and Fishman concede.

Facebook users, "help us by reporting accounts or content that may violate our policies - including the small fraction that may be related to terrorism", the authors said.

Among the initiatives is integrating artificial intelligence into Facebook's existing content moderation tools.

In a blog post entitled, "Hard Questions: How We Counter Terrorism", published today (June 15), Facebook claimed it was experimenting with AI to become "better at identifying potential terrorist content", growing its team of security experts, plus "strengthening partnerships with other companies, governments and NGOs in this effort". Following attacks in London and Manchester in the past four months, UK Prime Minister Theresa May pressed other leaders from the Group of Seven nations to consider further regulation of social media companies to compel them to take additional steps against extremist content.

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"We're constantly identifying new ways that terrorist actors try to circumvent our systems and we update our tactics accordingly". "We are now focusing our most cutting edge techniques to combat terrorist content about ISIS, Al Qaeda and their affiliates, and we expect to expand to other terrorist organizations in due course".

"At Facebook, more than 150 people are now exclusively or primarily focused on countering terrorism as their core responsibility", she said.

The new algorithms have helped the company to "dramatically reduce the time period that terrorist recidivist accounts are on" the social networking site.

"Encryption technology has many legitimate uses, from protecting our online banking to keeping our photos safe".

Facebook has partnered with Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter to develop and shared industry database of "hashes" or digital fingerprints of terrorist content. The company is also attempting to tackle terrorist activity on WhatsApp and Instagram as well, the post said.

Aside from individual posts, Facebook is also working on improving its detection of users who could be supporters of terrorism from their profile likes.

"Sophisticated algorithms" are helping the social media giant scan for extremist videos, posts, and pictures in an effort to curb terrorist propaganda. "We want to answer those questions head on", wrote Facebook on Thursday.

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