Facebook is auto-generating pages for Islamic State and al-Qaida

Mail Online | 9/18/2019 | Associated Press;Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
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A whistleblower's report has revealed that Facebook has inadvertently provided the Islamic State group and al-Qaida with dozens of pages.

The terrorist organisations have been using the platform as a networking and recruitment tool, it claims.

Filing - AP - Pages - Businesses - Others

The filing obtained by the AP identifies almost 200 auto-generated pages with some for businesses, others for schools or other categories - that directly reference the Islamic State group.

Dozens more represent al-Qaida and other known groups.

Facebook - Content - Site - Work

Facebook has recently pledged to clamp down on extremist content on the site, but it appears more work is needed.

It seems Facebook has made little progress since an Associated Press report earlier this year detailed how pages that Facebook auto-generates for businesses are aiding Middle East extremists and white supremacists in the United States.

Details - Update - Complaint - Securities - Exchange

The new details come from an update of a complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission that the National Whistleblower Center plans to file this week.

On Wednesday, US senators on the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will be questioning representatives from social media companies, including Monika Bickert, who heads Facebooks efforts to stem extremist messaging.

Page - Ideology - Islamic - State - IS

One page listed as a 'political ideology' is titled 'I love Islamic state.' It features an IS logo inside the outlines of Facebook's famous thumbs-up icon.

In response to a request for comment, a Facebook spokesperson told the AP: 'Our priority is detecting and removing content posted by people that violates our policy against dangerous individuals and organisations to stay ahead of bad actors.

Pages - Facebook - Pages - People - Policies

'Auto-generated pages are not like normal Facebook pages as people can't comment or post on them and we remove any that violate our policies.

'While we cannot catch every one, we remain vigilant in this effort.'

Facebook - Number - Functions - Pages - Content

Facebook has a number of functions that auto-generate pages from content posted by users.

The updated complaint scrutinises one...
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