Facebook Celebrating Terrorism? Its Auto-Generation Tech Is.

  • With its auto-generation technology, Facebook can celebrate users’ important milestones, but such videos have included “celebrating” jihadist imagery, anti-Semitic verses, an al-Qaeda business page and more.
  • An anonymous whistle blower discovered the disturbing imagery and reported the issues to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • The complaint highlights how Facebook is “inadvertently making use of propaganda by militant groups to auto-generate videos and pages that could be used for networking by extremists.”
  • Over the course of 5 months, researchers watched pages linked to terrorist organizations and found that Facebook removed about 38% of the posts that featured prominent symbols of extremism.
  • However, Facebook’s algorithms allowed many images and videos to remain on the social media site.
  • Similar imagery and videos were auto-generated by Facebook for Nazi and white supremacist groups.

Reference Links

  • AP: Facebook auto-generates videos celebrating extremist images READ
  • CBS News: Facebook auto-generates celebratory videos with extremist images READ
  • BBC: Facebook ‘auto-generated’ extremist video READ

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