Facebook expands definition of terrorist organization

by Jordyn Pair · Sep 17th, 2019 5:06 pm

Last Updated Nov 19th, 2019 at 10:34 am

Facebook has updated its definition of terrorist organizations in an effort to curb hate speech and extremism on its platform, the company announced on Tuesday. 
It also plans to deploy artificial intelligence to help block live videos of shooters.

The company’s system had previously focused on organizations like separatists, Islamist militants, and white supremacists. it said it would now focus on any organization that proclaims or engage in violence leading to harm in the real world.

Facebook said it is also expanding a program designed to direct users looking for extremist group to resources to help them leave hate groups.

The social media platform said that its failure to catch a live video of an Australian man who killed 51 people in New Zealand earlier this year was a large factor in the update.

🔦 Facebook’s announcement comes the day before a Capitol Hill hearing on how various social media platforms handle violent content.


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