Technology Facebook aims to be ‘hostile environment for terrorists’

08:11  05 june  2017
08:11  05 june  2017 Source:   MarketWatch

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Facebook Inc. said Sunday it hopes to become “a hostile environment for terrorists ,” as politicians intensified their criticism of tech companies for not doing enough to crack down on extremist messages online in the wake of another deadly terrorist attack.

Facebook said it wanted to make its social media platform a " hostile environment " for terrorists in a statement issued after attackers killed seven people in London and prompted Prime Minister Theresa May to demand action from internet firms.

Facebook said it’s acting “aggressively to remove terrorist content.” © Provided by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Facebook said it’s acting “aggressively to remove terrorist content.”

Facebook Inc. said Sunday it hopes to become “a hostile environment for terrorists,” as politicians intensified their criticism of tech companies for not doing enough to crack down on extremist messages online in the wake of another deadly terrorist attack.

British Prime Minister Theresa May lashed out Sunday at internet companies, calling for international regulations to rein in terrorist planning and recruitment after Saturday’s attack in London, which left at least seven dead.

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After London attack, Facebook says aims to be ' hostile environment ' for terrorists - Facebook said it wanted to make its social media platform

Facebook on Sunday said it condemned the London attacks. "We want Facebook to be a hostile environment for terrorists ," said Simon Milner, Director of Policy at Facebook in an emailed statement.

“We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed,” May said, according to the Wall Street Journal. “Yet that is precisely what the internet and the big companies that provide internet-based services provide.”

New Zealand defense minister Mark Mitchell called terrorists’ use of the internet and social media a “clear and present security threat to us all,” the Journal also reported.

In a statement, Facebook’s (FB)  director of policy, Simon Milner, said the company wants to “provide a service where people feel safe. That means we do not allow groups or people that engage in terrorist activity, or posts that express support for terrorism. We want Facebook to be a hostile environment for terrorists.

“Using a combination of technology and human review, we work aggressively to remove terrorist content from our platform as soon as we become aware of it — and if we become aware of an emergency involving imminent harm to someone’s safety, we notify law enforcement,” he said.

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Facebook on Sunday said it condemned the London attacks. “We want Facebook to be a hostile environment for terrorists ,” said Simon Milner, Director of Policy at Facebook in an emailed statement.

Facebook said it wanted to make its social media platform a " hostile environment " for terrorists in a statement issued after attackers killed seven people in London and prompted Prime Minister Theresa May to demand action from internet firms.

Twitter Inc. (TWTR)  also said it is trying to combat terrorism on its network. “Terrorist content has no place on Twitter,” said Nick Pickles, Twitter’s U.K. head of public policy, in a statement Sunday, according to Reuters. “We continue to expand the use of technology as part of a systematic approach to removing this type of content.”

Twitter said it had suspended nearly 400,000 accounts in the second half of 2016 for promoting extremism.

Tech companies say they’re doing their best to fight extremism. Last year, Alphabet Inc.’s (GOOG)(GOOGL)  YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)  announced they were forming a shared database of terrorist content in an effort to speed up the takedown of terrorist videos and images.

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