WASHINGTON: Major US social media firms told a Senate panel on Wednesday they are doing more to prevent to remove violent or extremist content from online platforms in the wake of several high-profile incidents, focusing on using more technological tools to act faster.
Critics say too many violent videos or posts that back extremist groups supporting terrorism are not immediately removed from social media websites.
Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, said social media firms need to do more to prevent violent content.
Facebook’s head of global policy management, Monika Bickert, told the Senate Commerce Committee its software detection systems have “reduced the average time it takes for our AI to find a violation on Facebook Live to 12 seconds, a 90 percent reduction in our average detection time from a few months ago.” In May, Facebook Inc said it would temporarily block users who break its rules from broadcasting live video. That followed an international outcry after a gunman killed 51 people in New Zealand and streamed the attack live on his page.
Bickert said Facebook asked law enforcement agencies to help it access “videos that could be helpful training tools” to improve its machine learning to detect violent videos.
Published in Dawn, September 19th, 2019