Facebook is countering terrorism with AI and human sleuths


“Our stance is simple: There’s no place on Facebook for terrorism,” Monika Bickert, Director of Global Policy Management, and Brian Fishman, Counterterrorism Policy Manager, wrote. “We believe technology, and Facebook, can be part of the solution.”

To that end, the company has leveraged a mix of artificial intelligence systems and human expertise to combat extremist threats posted on its site. AI is a fairly new addition to Facebook’s arsenal but is already being used for automated image recognition, which recognizes known extremist images and prevents them from being uploaded. The company is also reportedly training a neural network to recognize and remove written text that praises or supports terrorist organizations like ISIS.

Facebook’s AI is also capable enough to search through related “clusters” of posts and pages to find other offending materials as well as recognize when previously banned users attempt to create new accounts. The company hopes to expand these features to its other apps, like Instagram, in the future.

As for the company’s human-based moderation, Facebook still greatly depends on the users to self-police and report each other. However they are expanding their Community Operations teams by 3,000 employees over the next year to help address reports faster. What’s more, Facebook now employs a 150-member “strike team” of sorts. These specialists — academics, former prosecutors and law enforcement — are focused either primarily or exclusively on counterterrorism-related tasks.

View the original article: https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/15/facebook-countering-terrorism-ai-human-sleuths/

Of course, Facebook isn’t going it alone. The company has partnered with others in the tech industry such as Microsoft and Twitter to create a common database of “hashes” identifying terrorist material and propaganda. Facebook is also working with governments, turning over whatever information they can to law enforcement of E2E encrypted messages that pass through its network.

In the same category are

LG has steep Black Friday discounts on its premium OLED TVs As a reminder, LG's 2017 OLED sets all have support for most HDR formats, including HDR10 and Dolby Vision, giving you the best possible picture for N...
Wirecutter’s best deals: Jabra Move Bluetooth headphones for only $50 Jabra Move Bluetooth HeadsetStreet Price: $100; Deal Price: $50 w/ code BFTEASER The Jabra Move Wireless Headset is on sale for $50 off through Jabr...
Apple pushes iOS fix for unresponsive iPhone X screens in cold weather The new update also fixes an issue that distorts Live Photos and videos shot with the iPhone X. It's the second time in as many weeks that Apple has p...
The Morning After: Thursday, November 16th 2017 That's different.Teenage Engineering teams up with Baidu to create strange new speakersOne way to separate from the increasingly crowded smart speak...
FDA approves an electrical device to help ease opioid withdrawal Amid an epidemic of opioid addiction, doctors are looking for ways to help people wean themselves off of the drugs, but withdrawal symptoms are a majo...
Olie lamp includes a voice assistant and wireless charging Sure, this is Indiegogo, so don't get your hopes up. If the project is funded and the lamp is produced, though, you'll get an lamp made of aluminum in...

Dont forget to “Like” us on Facebook


Need something to share, visit our sister site for the

‘News in the last 30 days”

in a clear concise package ….

 

If you are an artist or interested in art, visit our art website and read about todays artscene and browse some of our artist profiles

 

Comment on this story