New Facebook software detects, removes ISIS propaganda

Facebook on Monday (April 23rd) said new detection tools wielded by its counter-terrorism team are quickly detecting and removing extremist propaganda for the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) and al-Qaeda, AFP reported.

The social network "took action" on 1.9 million pieces of ISIS or al-Qaeda-linked content in the first three months of this year -- nearly double the amount from the previous quarter, according to vice president of global policy management Monika Bickert and global head of counter-terrorism policy Brian Fishman.

"Taking action" generally involved removing "the vast majority of this content", they said in an online post.

In some cases, entire profiles, pages, or groups were taken down for violating Facebook policies, making all included content unavailable.

"We have made significant strides finding and removing their propaganda quickly and at scale," Bickert and Fishman said.

"We are under no illusion that the job is done or that the progress we have made is enough."

"Terrorist groups are always trying to circumvent our systems, so we must constantly improve," they said.

"We learn from every misstep, experiment with new detection methods and work to expand what terrorist groups we target," they added.

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