Facebook’s AI wipes terrorism-related posts and prevents suicide

Facebook has said that efforts to use artificial intelligence and other automated techniques to delete terrorism-related posts are “bearing fruit” but more work is needed.

The firm said that 99% of the material it now removes about Al Qaeda and so-called Islamic State is first detected by itself rather than its users.

But it acknowledged that it had to do more work to identify other groups.

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Facebook said on Wednesday that it was removing 99 percent of content related to militant groups Islamic State and al Qaeda before being told of it, as it prepared for a meeting with European authorities on tackling extremist content online.

Eighty-three percent of “terror content” is removed within one hour of being uploaded, Monika Bickert, head of global policy management, and Brian Fishman, head of counter-terrorism policy at Facebook, wrote in a blog post.


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