Facebook reportedly auto-generating extremist videos

Facebook reportedly auto-generating extremist videos
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  • calendar-gray 10 May 2019

Facebook is inadvertently using militant groups’ propaganda to auto-generate videos and pages that could be used by extremists for networking, APAreports citing Sputnik International.

Although Facebook has repeatedly stressed that it prohibits hateful treatment based on race, ethnicity or religion, a confidential whistleblower’s recent complaint to the US Securities and Exchange Commission indicates that the social media giant has failed to practice what it preaches.

The news outlet cited a confidential whistleblower’s complaint to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as saying that during a five-month period in 2018, researchers monitored the Facebook pages of users who affiliated themselves with groups the US State Department blacklists as terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda and ISIS.

This comes a few weeks after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed that “in areas like terrorism, for al-Qaeda and ISIS-related content, now 99 percent of the content that we take down in the category our systems flag proactively before anyone sees it”.

Most Twitter users hit out at Facebook, describing the social networking giant’s behavior as “irresponsible” and “demonic”. 

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