Facebook says using AI to fight terrorism on its platform

Posted June 16, 2017

YouTube says it is collaborating with the other social media firms on a shared database of previously identified terrorist imagery, which allows the companies to more quickly identify posts that use them.

"This work is never finished because it is adversarial, and the terrorists are continuously evolving their methods too".

More than 150 people, including counter-terror experts, former prosecutors, ex-law enforcement, analysts and engineers, are employed at Facebook to "exclusively or primarily" focus on "countering terrorism", the company said.

British Prime Minister Thereasa May, in particular, has called for regulating "cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning".

Bickert and Fishman acknowledge this pressure in their post, writing that "in the wake of recent terrorist attacks, people have questioned the role of tech companies in fighting terrorism online".

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"There's no place on Facebook for terrorism". Among the solutions: artificial intelligence. "We are now focusing our most cutting edge techniques to combat terrorist content about ISIS, Al Qaeda and their affiliates, and we expect to expand to other terrorist organizations in due course". In addition, Facebook has thousands of employees and contractors around the world that respond to reports of violations of its terms of service, whether that's online bullying, posting porn or hate speech.

"When it comes to imagery related to terrorism, context is everything", said Monika Bickert, Facebook's head of global policy management. We remove terrorists and posts that support terrorism whenever we become aware of them.

The ability of so-called Islamic State to use technology to radicalise and recruit people has raised major questions for the large technology companies. This is a departure from Facebook's usual policy of only reporting suspect content if users report it first.

Facebook is also developing "text-based signals" from previously removed posts that praised or supported terrorist organizations.

Aside from individual posts, Facebook is also working on improving its detection of users who could be supporters of terrorism from their profile likes.

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Terrorism content is not limited to Facebook and the company said they are forming crucial partnerships with other companies, civil society, researchers and governments.

"We're constantly identifying new ways that terrorist actors try to circumvent our systems - and we update our tactics accordingly", Bickert and Fishman said.

The world's largest social media network, with 1.9 billion users, Facebook has not always been so open about its operations, and its statement was met with skepticism by some who have criticized US technology companies for moving slowly. The company said it regularly works with law enforcement and governments.

In the post, Bickert and Fishman admit "AI can't catch everything".

One tool it's been using for months combs its site for known terror imagery to stop it from being reposted, though it can't identify new violent videos, while another looks to stop propagandists from opening new accounts after their old ones are disabled.

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