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Rose Calls Report that Facebook is Failing to Keep Terrorist, Extremist Content off Platform ‘shocking, but unfortunately, not surprising’

Congressman called on social media companies to provide counterterrorism budgets, Facebook failed to do so

Washington, May 9, 2019

Congressman Max Rose, chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, issued the following statement on an Associated Press report that alleges Facebook has exaggerated its success at removing terrorist and extremist content from its platform, and in some cases, has even autogenerated videos and pages that promote the extremist groups:

“This report is shocking, but unfortunately, not surprising. Every time Facebook is pressed on what it’s doing to address the spread of terrorism online, they point to their algorithms and artificial intelligence saying that will solve all the problems. Instead the AI is making videos celebrating terrorists and creating pages to promote the organizations. This is absurd, dangerous, and raises many questions that Facebook must answer.”

Last month, Rose called on the top social media companies to provide information on their annual budgets for counterterrorism related programs, the number of personnel working solely on those programs, and the number of staff who specialize in far-right extremism as well as foreign terrorist organizations and other forms of extremism. Following unsatisfactory responses from the companies, Rose and House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson issued a statement saying, “When it comes to our national security – and keeping Americans safe from hate and terrorism – broad platitudes and vague explanations of safety procedures aren’t enough. We need a full accounting of what is being done.”

In case you missed it, full AP report HERE.