These changes were decided after the Christchurch Call, which took place in May. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in partnership with 17 other governments and eight technology companies, including Facebook, have discussed and jointly agreed to work together and take drastic action to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content on the Internet, following the terrifying attack on Christchurch.
Changes to Facebook's policy include an up-to-date definition of what constitutes terrorist organizations, improved use of technology to detect harmful content, and expanding the content review process on its platform.
Facebook has said that the new definition of terrorist organizations focuses not only on organizations that commit violent acts, but also on those that are "intent on forcing, intimidating and / or influencing a civilian population, a government or an international organization. "
That means, according to Facebook, that content that seeks to promote violence, especially when targeted at citizens in order to force them to do something or intimidate them, will be banned from the platform.
In addition, AI techniques previously used by Facebook to ban content from terrorist groups, such as ISIS and Al Qaeda, will be expanded and implemented in a wider range of dangerous organizations.
Since March, Facebook has banned more than 200 organizations that discriminate based on color from its platform, or that have racist and nationalist content.
In addition social network has added a feature to the search function so that when users in the United States search for such content, they are redirected to resources that help people get out of hate groups. This possibility has been extended to two other countries as part of recent policy changes.
Facebook content review teams will also begin to identify content that comes from people and organizations that proclaim or engage in violent acts, rather than solely combating terrorism.
Ardern welcomed the changes Facebook has made to its policy.
Governments around the world are considering how to reinforce their rules on what content is allowed on online platforms. G20 countries met in July to urge online platforms to meet citizens' expectations of preventing terrorism and violent extremism that favor its content. terrorism.
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