Facebook using artificial intelligence to fight terrorism on its platform

"But we know we can do better at using technology - and specifically artificial intelligence - to stop the spread of terrorist content on Facebook".

They described how the network is automating the process of identifying and removing jihadist content linked to the Islamic State group, al-Qaeda and their affiliates, and intends to add other extremist organizations over time.

"We are now really focused on using technology to find this content so that we can remove it before people are seeing it", says Monika Bickert, a former federal prosecutor who runs global policy management, the team that decides what can be posted on Facebook. This new emphasis from Zuckerberg has followed uproar over Facebook's role in the proliferation of false news accounts during the USA election campaign past year, as well as the spread of extreme content, such as videos of murder, posted to Facebook. "When we receive reports of potential terrorism posts, we review those reports urgently and with scrutiny", reads the post.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed. Facebook declined to say what types of customer data will be shared between its apps, but said that cross-platform systems being developed for counterterrorism purposes are separate from its commercial data sharing.

"In many cases, this means that terrorist content intended for upload to Facebook simply never reaches the platform".

Facebook is now focusing on ISIS, Al Qaeda, and their affiliates, though it palns to expand these efforts to block other terrorist organization in the future.

Facebook said it will work to "counter terrorism and extremist content" by expanding its ranks of "terrorism and safety specialists, including academic experts on counter-terrorism and former law enforcement officers".

One of the techniques used is image matching - comparing photos and videos uploaded by users with known terrorist images or videos. It's leveraging AI, in partnership with human expertise, to achieve that goal. It using algorithms to detect and remove terrorist clusters and collaborating with its other platforms including WhatsApp and Instagram to take action against terrorism.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook has started deploying its artificial intelligence capabilities to help combat terrorists' use of its service.

This initiative includes efforts to identify "repeat offenders" when it comes to those open Facebook accounts that publicly support causes such as militant jihadism, are subsequently expelled from the social network, but then attempt to repeat said activity but under a pseudonym.

"And there is much more for us to do".

Facebook is also experimenting with machine smarts to understand language well enough to identify words or phrases praising or supporting terrorism, according to the post.

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.

Along with Google's (GOOGL) YouTube, Twitter (TWTR) and Microsoft (MSFT), Facebook has joined a database that assigns digital fingerprints to militant content so partners can bar it from their own site.

  • Carolyn Briggs