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Facebook removed 14 million pieces of terrorist content this year, and the numbers are rising

Posted On: Nov 8, 2018   |   Posted By: TechCrunch

Facebook removed 14 million pieces of terrorist content this year, and the numbers are rising

Facebook must exert constant vigilance to prevent its platform from being taken over by ne'er-do-wells, but how exactly it does that is only really known to itself. Today, however, the company has graced us with a bit of data on what tools it's using and what results they're getting - for instance, more than 14 million pieces of “terrorist content” removed this year so far.
More than half of that 14 million was old content posted before 2018, some of which had been sitting around for years. But as Facebook points out, that content may very well have also been unviewed that whole time. It's hard to imagine a terrorist recruitment post going unreported for 970 days if it was seeing any kind of traffic.
Perhaps more importantly, the numbers of newer content removed (with, to Facebook's credit, a quickly shrinking delay) appear to be growing steadily. In Q1, 1.2 million items were removed; in Q2, 2.2 million; in Q3, 2.3 million. User-reported content removals are growing as...

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