U.S. social media firms state they are eliminating violent content quicker – Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Significant U.S. social media companies informed a Senate panel Wednesday they are doing more to avoid to get rid of violent or extremist content from online platforms in the wake of several high-profile incidents, concentrating on utilizing more technological tools to act quicker.
Critics state a lot of violent videos or posts that back extremist groups supporting terrorism are not instantly removed from social networks websites.
Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, stated social media firms require to do more to avoid violent material.
Facebook’s head of worldwide policy management, Monika Bickert, informed the Senate Commerce Committee its software application detection systems have “minimized the average time it considers our AI to find a violation on Facebook Live to 12 seconds, a 90% reduction in our average detection time from a few months back.”
In May, Facebook Inc said it would temporarily block users who break its rules from transmitting live video. That followed an international outcry after a gunman killed 51 individuals in New Zealand and streamed the attack survive on his page.
Bickert stated Facebook asked police to assist it gain access to “videos that might be practical training tools” to improve its machine learning to discover violent videos.
Previously this month, the owner of 8chan, an online message board linked to several recent mass shootings, offered a deposition on Capitol Hill after cops in Texas stated they were “reasonably positive” the male who shot and killed 22 individuals at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
Facebook prohibited links to violent content that appeared on 8chan.
Twitter Inc public law director Nick Pickles said the site suspended more than 1.5 million accounts for terrorism promo offenses in between August 2015 and the end of 2018 with “more than 90% of these accounts are suspended through our proactive procedures.”
< svg height ="18px"width="18px"variation= "1.1"viewbox=" 0 0 18 18 "focusable="incorrect"> Twitter was asked by Senator Rick Scott why the site allows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to have an account offered what he stated were a series of brazen human rights offenses. “If we remove that individual’s account it will not alter realities on the ground,” Pickles said, who added that Maduro’s account has actually not broken Twitter’s rules.
Alphabet Inc unit Google’s international director of info policy, Derek Slater, said the answer is “a combination of technology and people. Technology can improve and better at identifying patterns. People can assist handle the best nuances.”
Of 9 million videos removed in a three-month duration this year by YouTube, 87% were flagged by expert system.
Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Nick Zieminski
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