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Facebook's AI wipes terrorism-related posts

Facebook has said that efforts to use artificial intelligence and other automated techniques to delete terrorism-related posts are “bearing fruit” but more work is needed. The firm said that 99% of the material it now removes about Al Qaeda and so-called Islamic State is first detected by itself rather than its users. But it acknowledged that it had to do more work to identify other groups. Founder Mark Zuckerberg first detailed his AI-based plan in February. He said at the time that it would take “many years” to fully develop…

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Jack Maynard: When stars' social media posts come back to haunt them

YouTube star Jack Maynard and rapper Stormzy are the latest celebrities to discover that ill-judged and offensive things they said years ago on social media can come back to damage their reputations and possibly their careers. Virtually every celebrity breaking through today – certainly all those who are as big on YouTube as Jack Maynard is – will owe at least part of their success to social media. But, as Maynard has discovered, living your life online means opinions you expressed years ago can resurface when you least expect it….

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Trove of 'Russian troll' posts exposed by Congress

Further instances of social media posts and ads thought to be part of Russian propaganda efforts to influence the last US presidential election and divide its society have been shared with the public. The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the imagery following a hearing at which Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were criticised for having underestimated the problem. The examples are a fraction of the number of posts that have been flagged as being suspicious by the tech companies themselves. Other cases had been displayed on Capitol Hill earlier…

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Russia-linked posts 'reached' 126m Facebook users in US

Facebook has said as many as 126 million American users may have seen content uploaded by Russia-based operatives over the last two years. The social networking site said about 80,000 posts were produced before and after the 2016 presidential election. Most of the posts focused on divisive social and political messages Facebook released the figures ahead of a Senate hearing where it – together with Twitter and Google – will detail Russia’s impact on the popular sites. Russia has repeatedly denied allegations that it attempted to influence the last US…

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Women's #MeToo posts reminded me I, too, had been that awful guy

More times than I care to admit, I was That Guy. That guy who thought he was being bold and assertive with a woman when I was really pushing past her implicit and explicit boundaries. I’m ashamed of it, and I’m terrified to admit this in public. But as the #MeToo campaign on social media took off last week, many of the women I know have courageously shared their experiences of being on the receiving end of That Guy’s inexcusable behaviour. I decided it was time for us men to…

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Tech firms to remove extremist posts within hours

Tech giants including Facebook, Twitter and Google have agreed to do more to remove extremist content within hours of it being posted. The accord was decided at a two-day meeting between the G7 nations and the tech firms, hosted on the Italian island of Ischia. The aim, according to officials, is to remove jihadist content from the internet within two hours. In a tweet, Twitter said the talks had been “important and productive”. Twitter and Google declined to give further comment. Italy’s interior minister Marco Minniti said they were “important…

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Facebook bans rapper Lil B for 'hate speech' posts

US rapper Lil B, known for his outspoken views on social media, is facing a 30-day ban under Facebook’s hate speech policies. The musician has expressed anger over the suspension and fans have criticised the ban on Twitter. Facebook said some of his posts violated its policies on hate speech. The posts, according to publications with which he later shared the messages, related to white people and gun violence. Political news website The Hill republished two of the banned posts. They read: “White people are the only ones who really…

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