Facebook uses artificial intelligence to prevent terrorist propaganda

Jun

16

2017

Facebook on Thursday offered a new look at its efforts to eliminate terrorist content in response to the political pressure the network faces in Europe regarding the use by armed groups of its social network for propaganda and recruitment.

The network said it was making progress in eliminating terrorist activity by using advanced algorithms to extract words, images and videos related to terrorism and to remove propaganda and messages disseminated by extremists.

The platform suggests that industrial intelligence can not do this alone, so Facebook has assembled a team of 150 people, including counterterrorism experts, who devote their time to tracking and removing terrorist and other material.

It also cooperates with other technology companies and consults researchers to keep pace with the ever-changing tactics of social media to organize Daqash and other terrorist groups.

“The use of the platform for industrial intelligence, such as image matching and language understanding, has been increased to identify and remove content quickly,” said Monica Beckett, director of Facebook’s global policy department and Brian Fishman, director of Facebook’s anti-terrorism policy.

The platform uses artificial intelligence to match images that allow the company to know whether the image or video being uploaded matches a known image or video from terrorist groups such as Dahed, Al Qaeda and its affiliates.

During the past year, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft have created a common digital fingerprint database that is automatically linked to videos or armed images to help each other identify the same content on their platforms.

The platform is currently analyzing texts that praise and support armed organizations that have been removed previously for the development of references based on these texts to disseminate propaganda.

New digital fingerprint technologies, called hashes, help identify and intercept extreme videos before they are published, but these new tools can not prevent terrorists from gathering on Facebook to recruit and communicate with their followers.

According to Monica Beckett, Global Policy Director at the platform, more than half of the accounts removed by the platform support her own platform, and Facebook wants to tell her community to know that we are truly committed to making our social platform an anti-terrorist environment.

Countries such as Germany, France and Britain, and countries where civilians have been killed by bombings and shootings by terrorists in recent years have pushed Facebook and other social media outlets such as Google and Twitter to do more to remove armed content and hate speech.

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