Facebook: 99% of ISIS & Al Qaeda content is caught by AI
As Facebook continues to come under scrutiny for the type of adverts it allows on its platform, the company has assuaged at least some concerns by disclosing the fact that its Artificial Intelligence system removes 99% of all ISIS and Al Qaeda content before it is flagged by users. Terrorist organisations are well known for using the internet to radicalize young people overseas, with Al Qaeda’s online magazine offering “special issues” dedicated to DIY car bombing and more. So Facebook’s announcement is a big win in regards to stemming the spread of hate online.
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Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of global policy management, and Brian Fishman, head of the company’s counter-terrorism policy, made the announcement on Wednesday, adding that in many cases, the systems were able to stop the content being posted at all. However, this doesn’t mean they’re perfect – catching the big players may even mean letting other organization get through. The executives explained in their statement: “A system designed to find content from one terrorist group may not work for another because of language and stylistic differences in their propaganda.” As a result, they have chosen to focus on “the terrorist groups that pose the biggest threat globally.”
The company reiterated the need for human checkers (it is launching an ambitious recruitment drive at the moment), and Peter Neumann, head of the International Centre for the study of Violent Extremism and Political Radicalisation at Kings College, London, explains why: "AI is only as good as the data you feed the machines, and human reviewers are still important to recognize nuance and context."
Other initiatives Facebook is pursuing include partnership with the UK charity Faith Associates to create a guide helping the British Muslim community to combat “extremism, hatred, and bigotry”, and launching the Online Civil Courage Initiative with the UK’s Institute for Strategic Dialogue (a think tank).
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