Thursday, June 15, 2017

Facebook Will Use Artificial Intelligence to Find Extremist Posts

  1. This is a slippery Slope legally speaking. Even though I agree ISIS must be stopped almost at all costs it is still a slipper slope we are embarking on using Bots to ferret out dissent of any and all kinds.

    Because when you go down this path it is only a small change from this to say "Anyone who writes anything bad about Trump or Putin or Duterte having a hit squad with AK-47s heading to their homes to shoot them. 

    And by the way this is already happening in the Philippines and Russia.

    You think I'm kidding? This is so "1984" the book it is almost clinical in it's slippery slope and this is why getting rid of ISIS is good but getting rid of ALL dissent of ANY government is bad and will cause human extinction eventually through nukes. Because if you cannot dissent even when you need to to survive you are going to end the world eventually. This is just a given based upon human nature down through history.


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  4. Facebook Will Use Artificial Intelligence to Find Extremist ... -... - 20 mins ago. Facebook Will Use Artificial Intelligence to Find Extremist Posts. Facebook says the first use of its ... Full story on 2.2 K. 
    Facebook says the first use of its new artificial intelligence program will be to prevent the posting of gruesome content such as images from terrorist attacks. Credit Patricia De Melo Moreira/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
    SAN FRANCISCO — Responding to complaints that not enough is being done to keep extremist content off social media platforms, Facebook said Thursday that it would begin using artificial intelligence to help remove inappropriate content.
    Artificial intelligence will largely be used in conjunction with human moderators who review content on a case-by-case basis. But developers hope its use will be expanded over time, said Monika Bickert, the head of global policy management at Facebook.
    One of the first applications for the technology is identifying content that clearly violates Facebook’s terms of use, such as photos and videos of beheadings or other gruesome images, and stopping users from uploading them to the site.
    “Tragically, we have seen more terror attacks recently,” Ms. Bickert said. “As we see more attacks, we see more people asking what social media companies are doing to keep this content offline.”
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    In a blog post published Thursday, Facebook described how an artificial-intelligence system would, over time, teach itself to identify key phrases that were previously flagged for being used to bolster a known terrorist group.
    The same system, they wrote, could learn to identify Facebook users who associate with clusters of pages or groups that promote extremist content, or who return to the site again and again, creating fake accounts in order to spread such content online.
    “Ideally, one day our technology will address everything,” Ms. Bickert said. “It’s in development right now.” But human moderators, she added, are still needed to review content for context.
    Brian Fishman, Facebook’s lead policy manager for counterterrorism, said the company had a team of 150 specialists working in 30 languages doing such reviews.
    Facebook has been criticized for not doing enough to monitor its site for content posted by extremist groups. Last month, Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain announced that she would challenge internet companies — including Facebook — to do more to monitor and stop them.
    “We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed,” Ms. May said after the bombing of a concert in Manchester that killed 22 people. “Yet that is precisely what the internet — and the big companies that provide internet-based services — provide.”
    J. M. Berger, a fellow with the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism at The Hague, said a large part of the challenge for companies like Facebook is figuring out what qualifies as terrorism — a definition that might apply to more than statements in support of groups like the Islamic State.
    “The problem, as usual, is determining what is extremist, and what isn’t, and it goes further than just jihadists,” he said. “Are they just talking about ISIS and Al Qaeda, or are they going to go further to deal with white nationalism and neo-Nazi movements?”
    Ms. Bickert said Facebook was hopeful that the new artificial intelligence technology could be used to counter any form of extremism that violated the company’s terms of use, although for the time being it will be narrowly focused.
    Still, questions about the program persist.
    “Will it be effective or will it overreach?” said Jillian York, the director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “Are they trying to discourage people from joining terrorist groups to begin with, or to discourage them from posting about terrorism on Facebook?”
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