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Facebook seeks to become 'hostile place' for extremists

16 June 2017

"We are now really focused on using technology to find this content so that we can remove it before people are seeing it", Monika Bickert, a former federal prosecutor helping Facebook's efforts, told USA Today. The site also uses signals to determine if a particular page is a central location for a terrorist cluster so they can remove it, the post said. The social network giant is also receiving questions from people regarding its role in fighting terrorism online.

"This work is never finished because it is adversarial, and the terrorists are continuously evolving their methods too", Bickert and Fishman wrote. As Facebook noted, "We are now focusing our most cutting edge techniques to combat terrorist content about ISIS, Al Qaeda and their affiliates". This new emphasis from Zuckerberg has followed uproar over Facebook's role in the proliferation of false news accounts during the USA election campaign a year ago, as well as the spread of extreme content, such as videos of murder, posted to Facebook.

Terrorism content is not limited to Facebook and the company said they are forming crucial partnerships with other companies, civil society, researchers and governments. 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.

The company is working on using artificial intelligence to try to prevent users who have had one account removed for posting terrorist content from creating new accounts with different identities, according to the post. We want to answer those questions head on.

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) said that it is focusing on "cutting edge techniques" to fight terrorist content about ISIS, Al Qaeda and their affiliates on its social networking site. The company said it would to grow its community operations team by 3,000 over the next year to review flagged content, and that it has hired more than 150 counterterrorism experts who collectively speak almost 30 languages.

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

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The team felt a need to put out the information now in light of recent attacks and added scrutiny on tech companies.

Facebook also uses these tools on its other platforms, like Instagram and WhatsApp, though it stressed that it does not have the ability to read encrypted messages.

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

The post comes as the latest update from the social network about their ongoing content policing efforts across platforms. The company said it regularly works with law enforcement and governments.

Under intense political pressure to better block terrorist propaganda on the internet, Facebook is leaning more on artificial intelligence.

Facebook seeks to become 'hostile place' for extremists