Facebook reveals measures to remove terrorist content

Facebook reveals measures to remove terrorist content

Facebook has announced details of steps it is taking to remove terrorist-related content. The move comes after growing pressure from governments for technology companies to do more to take down material such as terrorist propaganda. In a series of blog posts by senior figures and an interview with the BBC, Facebook says it wants to be more open about the work it is doing. The company told the BBC it was using artificial intelligence to…

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General election 2017: Illegal content sanctions threat

General election 2017: Illegal content sanctions threat

Online companies could face fines or prosecution if they fail to remove illegal content, under Conservative plans for stricter internet regulation. The party has also proposed an industry-wide levy, dubbed a “Twitter tax”, to fund “preventative activity to counter internet harms”. Labour said it had “pressed for tough new codes” in the past but the government had “categorically refused”. The Liberal Democrats said more needed to be done “to find a real solution”. Voluntary contributions…

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Facebook hires 3,000 to review content

Facebook hires 3,000 to review content

Facebook is hiring 3,000 people for its “community operations team”, to help stop hate speech, child abuse and self-harm being broadcast on the website. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said it had been “heartbreaking” to see people “hurting themselves and others” in videos streamed live on Facebook. He added he would make reporting problematic videos easier. The move follows cases of murder and suicide being broadcast live on the social network. In April, a man was…

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Social media giants 'shamefully far' from tackling illegal content

Social media giants 'shamefully far' from tackling illegal content

Social media firms are “shamefully far” from tackling illegal and dangerous content, says a parliamentary report. Hate speech, terror recruitment videos and sexual images of children all took too long to be removed, said the Home Affairs Select Committee report. The government should consider making the sites help pay to police content, it said. But a former Facebook executive told the BBC the report “bashes companies” but offers few real solutions. The cross-party committee took…

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Europe becomes 'hub' for child sexual abuse content

Europe becomes 'hub' for child sexual abuse content

Europe is becoming the global hub for the hosting of child sexual abuse images and videos, suggests a report. The annual report by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) found that 60% of worldwide abuse material was now in Europe – an increase of 19%. The Netherlands topped the list of European nations hosting the illegal content, said the IWF. Improved reporting and policing by ISPs in North America are believed to have driven the shift….

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Germany warns social media firms over illegal content

Germany warns social media firms over illegal content

Social media firms in Germany could face fines of up to 50 million euros if they take too long to remove illegal content including fake news. Germany’s justice minister has drafted a law that seeks to impose the fines as part of efforts to police toxic chat. Heiko Maas said the voluntary efforts of social networks to tackle the problem had not gone far enough. The proposal requires sites to run 24-hour helplines and to…

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