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Published on 29 November 2017

#World - Facebook says it is removing 99 percent of 'terror content'

The social media network with 2.1 billion users is deploying artificial intelligence to detect posts from groups like IS and al-Qaeda

Published by Middle East Eye, November 29 2017 

Facebook said on Wednesday that it was removing 99 percent of content related to Islamic State (IS) group and al-Qaeda before being told of it, as it prepared for a meeting with European authorities on tackling extremist content online.

Eighty-three percent of "terror content" is removed within one hour of being uploaded, Monika Bickert, head of global policy management, and Brian Fishman, head of counter-terrorism policy at Facebook, wrote in a blog post.

The world's largest social media network, with 2.1 billion users, has faced pressure both in the United States and Europe to tackle militant content on its platform more effectively.

In June, Facebook said it had ramped up use of artificial intelligence, such as image matching and language understanding, to identify and remove content quickly.

"It is still early, but the results are promising, and we are hopeful that AI (artificial intelligence) will become a more important tool in the arsenal of protection and safety on the internet and on Facebook," Bickert and Fishman wrote.

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