News Source: Pakistan Today
Eighty-three per cent of “terror content” is removed within one hour of being uploaded, Monika Bickert, head of global policy management, and Brian Fishman, head of counter-terrorism policy at Facebook, wrote in a blog post.
The world’s largest social media network, with 2.1 billion users, has faced pressure both in the United States and Europe to tackle militant content on its platform more effectively.
“It is still early, but the results are promising, and we are hopeful that AI (artificial intelligence) will become a more important tool in the arsenal of protection and safety on the internet and on Facebook,” Bickert and Fishman wrote.
“Today, 99 per cent of the ISIS and al Qaeda-related terror content we remove from Facebook is content we detect before anyone in our community has flagged it to us, and in some cases, before it goes live on the site.”
The blog post comes a week before Facebook and other social media companies like Alphabet’s Google and Twitter meet with European Union governments and the EU executive to discuss how to remove militant content and hate speech online.
“Deploying AI for counter-terrorism is not as simple as flipping a switch … A system designed to find content from one terrorist group may not work for another because of language and stylistic differences in their propaganda,” Facebook said.
The European Commission in September told social media firms to find ways to remove the content faster, including through automatic detection technologies, or face possible legislation forcing them to do so.