5 Ways Facebook Uses Artifical Intelligence To Counter Terrorism

Police officers are deployed outside the Myanmar Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia to the location of planned terror found on the Facebook page of a suspected militant in 2013. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara) On Thursday, Facebook shared policy regarding its approach to countering terrorism, revealing several ways the social media company uses artificial intelligence to fight terrorist activity. Written by Monika Bicker, Facebook's director of global policy management, and Brian Fishman, Facebook's counterterrorism policy manger, the post explained that the site finds the majority of "terrorist content" before the Facebook community can see it. Facebook also shared that while its current efforts primarily focus on ISIS and Al Qaeda and their affiliates, the company is looking to use technology to fight other terrorist activity in the future, with over 150 staffers focused on finding terrorism. The authors shared five ways the social media platform tries to counter terrorism. Facebook is also experimenting with language understanding, which would use artificial intelligence to recognize terrorist content through "text-based signals." That analysis goes into an algorithm that is in the early stages of learning how to detect similar posts," the post said. Finally, Facebook is currently working on ways to investigate terrorist activity across the family of Facebook apps, including WhatsApp and Instagram, as terrorist actors frequently use multiple platforms. In addition to artificial intelligence, the post also discussed how Facebook uses both human expertise and partnerships to fight terrorist activity on the site. The post discussed that the site uses reviews and reports, terrorism and safety specialists, and a team that responds to real-life threats confirmed by emergency requests from law enforcement to fight terrorism.

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Police officers are deployed outside the Myanmar Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia to the location of planned terror found on the Facebook page of a suspected militant in 2013. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

On Thursday, Facebook shared policy regarding its approach to countering terrorism, revealing several ways the social media company uses artificial intelligence to fight terrorist activity. Written by Monika Bicker, Facebook’s director of global policy management, and Brian Fishman, Facebook’s counterterrorism policy manger, the post explained that the site finds the majority of “terrorist content” before the Facebook community can see it. Facebook also shared that while its current efforts primarily focus on ISIS and Al Qaeda and their affiliates, the company is looking to use technology to fight other terrorist activity in the future, with over 150 staffers focused on finding terrorism. The authors added that monitoring Facebook is difficult, with nearly 2 billion global users who write in more than 80 different languages.

The authors shared five ways the social media platform tries to counter terrorism.

  • Facebook uses image matching, which allows the site to recognize and prevent the upload of terrorist propaganda images or videos that have previously been flagged.
  • Facebook is also experimenting with language understanding, which would use artificial intelligence to recognize terrorist content through “text-based signals.” That analysis goes into an algorithm that is in the early stages of learning how to detect similar posts,” the post said. “The machine learning algorithms work on a feedback…

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