On Thursday, Facebook talked about the strategies it wants to adopt to combat the overwhelming number of extremist posts on the website. They are planning to use both human staff, as well as automated systems, to keep this content under control, and allow data sharing among all the apps belonging to the Facebook family.
More employees will revise the flagged content, as well as an AI-powered machine
Earlier this year, Facebook announced it would raise the number of people responsible with checking the flagged posts to 3,000. These posts are usually offensive, and might contain instances of extremism, bullying, or hate speech. Also, 150 employees deal exclusively with counterterrorism.
Apart from these employees, the company will also use other methods to keep extremism away from the News Feed. A machine using artificial intelligence will use image matching and, after someone has flagged a certain picture or video as offensive, it can prevent the content from being re-uploaded.
Facebook is taking this attempt seriously, and wants to use the same AI technology for other types of posts. The main goal is to build an algorithm able to analyze text posts and detect anything related to terrorism. This technique might be quick, but human employees remain the best to deal with these cases. They are better at analyzing and detecting extremism in written posts, so they remain Facebook’s key counterterrorist strategy.
WhatsApp and Instagram will benefit from the same post-checking strategy
Moreover, the company wants to keep terrorists away not only from the main social media platform, but also from the smaller apps in the family WhatsApp and Instagram. Therefore, its engineers are developing a system to work between platforms. At the moment, they didn’t reveal what type of user data they are going to exchange, but everything is done for safety purposes.
After being criticized for not fighting against cyberterrorism, Facebook has finally decided to refine its strategies and combat online extremism once and for all. The company assures users they will be safe, and no offensive content should escape and reach the News Feed.
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