May 9, 2019

Facebook 'auto-generated' extremist video

Facebook has been accused of "Auto-generating" extremist content, including a celebratory jihadist video and a business page for al-Qaeda. The local business page for al-Qaeda generated by Facebook's tools had 7,410 "Likes" and gave the group "Valuable data" it could use when recruiting people or seeking out supporters, the complaint said. The complaint has been filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, alleging Facebook has misled shareholders by claiming to remove extremist content while letting it persist on the site. "In a statement, Facebook said:"After making heavy investments, we are detecting and removing terrorism content at a far higher success rate than even two years ago. The study is the latest in a series of mis-steps for Facebook, which has faced repeated criticism over the way it handles hate speech and extremist content.

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