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Facebook ruthlessly suppresses counterjihad material while auto-generating Islamic State and al-Qaida pages

Facebook ruthlessly suppresses counterjihad material while auto-generating Islamic State and al-Qaida pages

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
23/09/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 

Facebook still auto-generating Islamic State, al-Qaida pages,” by Desmond Butler and Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press, September 18, 2019:

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the face of criticism that Facebook is not doing enough to combat extremist messaging, the company likes to say that its automated systems remove the vast majority of prohibited content glorifying the Islamic State group and al-Qaida before it’s reported.

But a whistleblower’s complaint shows that Facebook itself has inadvertently provided the two extremist groups with a networking and recruitment tool by producing dozens of pages in their names.

The social networking company appears to have made little progress on the issue in the four months since The Associated Press detailed how pages that Facebook auto-generates for businesses are aiding Middle East extremists and white supremacists in the United States.