Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism at Facebook: Technology, Expertise and Partnerships

Published in: Tackling Insurgent Ideologies in a Pandemic World, Observer Research Foundation & Global Policy Journal (August 2020), Saltman – Chapter 14 (pages 80 – 85). Full publication accessible here: https://bit.ly/30o6dfu

At Facebook, we rely on a combination of technology, people and partnerships with experts to help keep our platforms safe. Even as governments, companies and non-profits have battled terrorist propaganda online, we’ve faced a complex question over the best way to tackle a global challenge that can proliferate in different ways, across different parts of the web.

Often analysts and observers ask us at Facebook why, with our vast databases and advanced technology, we can’t just block nefarious activity using technology alone. The truth is that we also need people to do this work. And to be truly effective in stopping the spread of terrorist content across the entire internet, we need to join forces with others. Ultimately this is about finding the right balance between technology, human expertise and partnerships. technology helps us manage the scale and speed of online content. Human expertise is needed for nuanced understanding of how terrorism and violent extremism manifests around the world and track adversarial shifts. Partnerships allow us to see beyond trends on our own platform, better understand the interplay between online and offline, and build programmes with credible civil society organisations to support counterspeech at scale. Continue reading

Facebook Newsroom: An Update on Our Efforts to Combat Terrorism Online

By Monika Bickert VP, Global Policy Management, and Dr. Erin Saltman, Head of Counterterrorism & Dangerous Organizations Policy; Europe, the Middle East and Africa

A Recap of Facebook’s Year as Chair of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism

In the summer of 2017, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube came together to form the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). Since then, the organization has grown, with nine technology companies working together to disrupt terrorists’ and violent extremists’ abilities to promote themselves, share propaganda and exploit digital platforms to glorify real-world acts of violence. This year, we made significant progress in our work, but we also faced new challenges. New threats emerged in how terrorists and violent extremists seek to exploit and abuse digital platforms, and we adapted our efforts to combat and prevent them.

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Facebook Ups Fight Against Terrorists, Hate-Mongers: Dr. Erin Saltman tells ‘Post’ how 7,500 reviewers deal with questionable comments from 2 billion users

Originally Published by Jerusalem Post 4 April 2018. By Yonah Jeremy Bob with original linked here.

These are not easy times at Facebook as it faces criticism over the Cambridge Analytica saga and about Russia using the social-media giant to sway public opinion during the 2016 US elections. But there is at least one area where Facebook had faced heavy criticism in the past – from Israel and much of the organized Jewish community – where it seems to have turned the tide.

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Online Right to Be Forgotten: Now We Can All Rewrite History on Google and Facebook

Originally Published by International Business Times: 7 June 2014. Original linked here

Do we, and have we ever had, the right to be forgotten? This is the frenzied question being asked as private sector companies like Google are obliged to implement strategies to comply with the recent EU Commission ruling stating that individuals have the legal right to be forgotten online. Continue reading