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Facebook Claims 99% of Extremist Content Removed Without Users’ Help

The extremists won’t make it easy. “They have become very good at putting a reasonable ‘face’ on much of their online recruiting material,” explains John Dickson, Principal at the Denim Group. “Once they have someone interested is when they fully expose their intent. Given this situation, I’m not sure how [the algorithms] don’t create a ton of false positives and start taking down legitimate Islamic content.”

Nearly every security activity creates false positives. “I suspect this will be no different,” he continued. “Machine learning or more specifically supervised learning likely will help aid security analysts attempting to distinguish between legitimate jihadist recruiting material and generic Islamic content. But it will still need a human to make the final decisions – and that human is likely to be biased by the American attitude towards freedom of speech.”

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