Facebook Whistleblower Says Platform Works with Islamic Groups
A Facebook whistleblower has come forward and says the popular social media platform does not combat extremist messaging from groups like the Islamic State group and al-Qaida. The algorithm the company uses seemingly misses a majority of the extreme, anti-Western hate speeches, which raises red flags.
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Facebook Whistleblower Points at Radical Group
Instead of putting a stop to hate speech, a Facebook whistleblower complaint shows that Facebook is actually providing two extreme terrorist groups with a networking and recruitment tool. Many people raises this issue four months ago, yet Facebook did nothing to fix it. Now, U.S. senators on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation are questioning the company’s motives.
Currently, there are almost 200 auto-generated pages for businesses, schools or other places that directly reference the Islamic State group. Then, there are also dozens representing al-Qaida. These auto-generate pages aren’t like normal ones since people cannot comment or like posts. However, Facebook should remove these. Instead, these pages create a potential list of sympathizers for recruiting purposes.
Also, users can use simple searches to find personal pages like “Mohammed Atta”. He was an iconic al-Qaida extremest who hijacked a plane used for the September 11th attacks. The employment name is “Al Qaidah” and education points to “University Master Bin Laden” and “School Terrorist Afghanistan.”
Facebook officially said it is working to limit the spread of extremist material. In March, the company prohibited U.S. white nationalist and white separatist material totaling 200 white supremacist organizations and 26 million pieces of content related to global extremist groups like IS and al-Qaida. However, plenty of material leaks through and gets auto-generated.
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