Re­moved 14 mil­lion ‘ter­ror-re­lated’ con­tent so far, says Face­book

‘We now use ma­chine learn­ing to as­sess FB posts that may sig­nal sup­port for IS or Al Qaeda’, said Brian Fish­man, Head of Coun­tert­er­ror­ism Pol­icy at Face­book

The Hitavada - - 2ND FRONT -

FACE­BOOK has re­moved more than 14 mil­lion “pieces of ter­ror­ist con­tent” on its plat­form till Septem­ber this year that was re­lated to the Is­lamic State (IS), Al Qaeda and their af­fil­i­ates.

In the (Q2) sec­ond quar­ter (April-June) 2018, Face­book took ac­tion on 9.4 mil­lion pieces of ter­ror con­tent, the ma­jor­ity of which was old ma­te­rial sur­faced us­ing spe­cialised tech­niques.

In the (Q3) third quar­ter (Ju­lySeptem­ber), over­all take­downs of ter­ror­ist con­tent de­clined to 3 mil­lion, of which 800,000 pieces of con­tent were old.

“In both Q2 and Q3, we found more than 99 per cent of the IS and Al Qaeda con­tent ul­ti­mately re­moved our­selves, be­fore it was re­ported by any­one in our com­mu­nity,” Monika Bick­ert, Global Head of Pol­icy Man­age­ment, said in a blog post on Thurs­day.

“Th­ese fig­ures rep­re­sent sig­nif­i­cant in­creases from Q1 2018, when we took ac­tion on 1.9 mil­lion pieces of con­tent, 640,000 of which was iden­ti­fied us­ing spe­cialised tools to find older con­tent,” she added.

The US Depart­ment of Jus­tice re­cently dis­cov­ered an al­leged IS sup­porter warn­ing oth­ers to be care­ful when post­ing pro­pa­ganda on Face­book, point­ing to the net­work’s Q1 2018 ter­ror­ism re­moval met­rics as ev­i­dence that push­ing pro­pa­ganda on the so­cial me­dia gi­ant was get­ting more dif­fi­cult.

“We now use ma­chine learn­ing to as­sess Face­book posts that may sig­nal sup­port for IS or Al Qaeda,” said Brian Fish­man, Head of Coun­tert­er­ror­ism Pol­icy at Face­book. “In some cases, we will au­to­mat­i­cally re­move posts when the ma­chine learn­ing tool in­di­cates with very high con­fi­dence that the post con­tains sup­port for ter­ror­ism.”

Ac­cord­ing to Face­book, the new ma­chine learn­ing tools have re­duced the amount of time ter­ror­ist con­tent from 43 hours in Q1 2018 to 18 hours in Q3 2018.

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