Facebook using artificial intelligence to counter terrorism

Facebook using artificial intelligence to counter terrorism

That means if someone posts a picture of a known terrorist, Facebook's software can match it to, for example, a propaganda video from ISIS, or other images or videos from extremist content Facebook has already removed. Those techniques include image matching - using previously removed terrorist propaganda to identify and prevent the same images or videos from being uploaded to Facebook again. In most cases, Facebook only removes objectionable material if users first report it. The social network giant is also receiving questions from people regarding its role in fighting terrorism online. Facebook is also looking to extend these methods to the other apps it owns, including WhatsApp and Instagram.

Facebook says it has grown its team of specialists so that it now has 150 people working on counter-terrorism specifically, including academic experts on counterterrorism, former prosecutors, former law enforcement agents and analysts, and engineers. The company is experimenting with language understanding, which uses AI to comprehend text that may promote terrorism.

Britain's interior ministry welcomed Facebook's efforts but said technology companies needed to go further.

Germany, France and Britain, countries where civilians have been killed and wounded in bombings and shootings by Islamist militants in recent years, have pressed Facebook and other providers of social media such as Google and Twitter to do more to remove militant content and hate speech. The company made it clear that it is serious in dealing with the issue, and terrorists should not have a voice on social media.

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As part of a mammoth effort to police a community of almost 2 billion people, Facebook further outlined its "counterterrorism" strategy, on Thursday.

The executives said it is an enormous challenge to keep people safe on the company's platform given the fact that it is used by nearly two billion per month, posting and commenting in more than 80 languages from every corner of the world.

The website's use of AI will automatically detect extremist propaganda, language and groups of terrorist accounts.

Furthermore, Facebook continues to use human expertise to fight terrorism. The social network also wants to improve its ability to detect duplicate accounts set up by a single user and plans to extend these tools to other Facebook properties like the global chat app WhatsApp and Instagram.

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Facebook has partnered with Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter to develop and shared industry database of "hashes" or digital fingerprints of terrorist content.

Facebook committed to making its platform a "hostile place for terrorists" and outlined the steps they had taken to do so. And if a threat is imminent, a separate Facebook team communicates with law enforcement.

The company told the BBC it was using artificial intelligence to spot images, videos and text related to terrorism as well as clusters of fake accounts. "The challenge for online communities is the same as it is for real world communities - to get better at spotting the early signals before it's too late".

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