Facebook to use AI to combat terrorists online

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Facebook has deployed its artificial intelligence algorithms to combat extremism and extremist activity on the social media platform. The technology was previously used to block child pornography on Facebook.

The AI systems will be used in conjunction with human reviewers to find and remove terrorist content immediately from the social media platform. Facebook had earlier been reluctant to deploy the AI systems to combat extremism online as posts related to extremism are subjective in nature. Human review should help remove legitimate extremist posts before users can see them.

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Recruiters for terror organizations such as ISIS and Indian Mujahideen have extensively used Facebook and other social media platforms to lure and radicalize with extremist propaganda. Facebook’s crackdown on extremist activities on its platform is part of an global initiative from governments and social media platforms to prevent the spread of radicalization agents online.