Facebook outlines its AI-driven efforts to fight terrorism

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"More than half the accounts we remove for terrorism are accounts we find ourselves; that is something that we want to let our community know so they understand we are really committed to making Facebook a hostile environment for terrorists", Bickert said in a telephone interview. The blog, called "Hard Questions", will address philosophical debates about the role of social media in society, from what should happen to a person's digital history after they die to whether social media is good for democracy. 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.

They said, "We don't want Facebook to be used for any terrorist activity whatsoever". "This work is never finished because it is adversarial, and the terrorists are continuously evolving their methods, too", Bickert and Fishman concede.

Facebook says there are a few things that can help stamp out terrorist content on its social network. This new emphasis from Zuckerberg has followed uproar over Facebook's role in the proliferation of false news accounts during the US election campaign past year, as well as the spread of extreme content, such as videos of murder, posted to Facebook.

As Facebook continues to face criticism over how it handles terrorist propaganda, the company is detailing its process for countering radicalization and other threats.

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The social network giant said the number of its team of counter-terrorism specialists also increased significantly-150 people are exclusively focused on preventing terrorism. After the terrorist attack in London this month, British Prime Minister Theresa May attacked Web companies for providing a "safe space" for people with violent ideologies.

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".

"We're constantly identifying new ways that terrorist actors try to circumvent our systems and we update our tactics accordingly".

The ability of so-called Islamic State to use technology to radicalise and recruit people has raised major questions for the large technology companies. The company is also working with other tech companies, governments, NGOs and community groups.

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Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google-owned YouTube announced a drive last December to stop the proliferation of jihadist videos and messages showing beheadings, executions and other gruesome content.

The organization's commitment lies on fully supporting law enforcement agencies by providing any data they require, promoting encryption to help secure users, and implementing these security measures in sister platforms like WhatsApp and Instagram as soon as possible.

This team of specialists has "significantly grown" over the a year ago, according to a Facebook blog post Thursday detailing its efforts to crack down on terrorists and their posts.

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