Facebook and Israel Government Team Up To Tackle Terrorism On Social Media
In an effort to take its social responsibility to the next level, social media giant Facebook has teamed up with the country of Israel to take down terrorism on social media which terrorist groups have used to radicalize and brainwash scores of Western individuals to join their cause.
Bloomberg reported that Facebook Inc.'s Joel Kaplan and Monika Bickert met with Israeli ministers in Tel Aviv on Monday. Kaplan is Facebook's vice president of U.S. public policy, while Bickert is the company's head of global policy management and counter-terrorism. The duo took to heart the message of the Israeli ministers who insisted that the social network must exert more effort to obliterate the incitement of terrorism and radicalization of individuals on its pages.
"The internet can't be allowed to become an incubator for terrorism," said Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who joined the meeting with Kaplan and Bickert.
Based on a released statement from Erdan and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, many of the Palestinians arrested following attacks against Israelis in the past year admitted of having been influenced by content on Facebook and other online platforms such as Twitter and Youtube.
Both Facebook and the Israeli government agreed to create joint teams which will cooperate on how to best deal with internet incitement and radicalization.
Shaked said that Facebook and Israel share a common goal "especially during the week that commemorates Sept. 11, the event that changed the face of the United States."
According to a statement from the justice minister's office, in the past four months Facebook has already taken down 95 percent of content which has been flagged as offensive by Israeli officials, while Google's YouTube has removed 80 percent of such content.
"This is impressive, but we understand that the amount of online incitement is much greater and we must continue to increase our efforts," Shaked shared at a counterterrorism conference Monday in Herzliya.
The Jerusalem Post reported that a Facebook representative called the meeting constructive and said the delegation visited Israel "as part our ongoing dialogue with policy makers and experts around the world to keep terrorist content off our platform and support counter-speech initiatives."
The publication further explained that "Online extremism can only be tackled with a strong partnership between policy makers, civil society, academia and companies, and this is true in Israel and around the world. We had constructive discussions about these important issues and look forward to a continued dialogue and cooperation," the representative stated.
The discussion with Israel came days after Facebook faced a firestorm of complaints when the company removed then reinstated the iconic "Napalm Girl" Vietnam War photo which apparently was first taken down because it violated Facebook's nudity guidelines.
The social media behemoth is seeking to find its footing to establish an acceptable universal standard for its 1.7 billion Facebook users which will balance between free speech and prudent censorship of content that is offensive or incites violence.
"A Facebook delegation visited Israel as part of our ongoing dialog with policymakers and experts around the world to keep terrorist content off our platform and support counterspeech initiatives," according to an e-mailed statement from the company sent to Bloomebrg.
"Facebook has zero tolerance for terrorism. We want people to feel safe when using Facebook," the statement added.
Trump Leaves Paris Climate Deal Amid Warnings From Tesla, Apple, Facebook And Google
Donald Trump has been met with disdain by numerous tech leaders and the whole world, for that matter, after his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement.
Microsoft Research Reveals Prototype AR Glasses And It Looks Like This
The HoloLens is able to track the movements of its user’s head and position. It is also completely wireless and runs on battery power while projecting stereoscopic 3D images to each of the user's eyes.
Facebook's Latest Feature Will Display Strangers' Posts
Facebook adds new "Latest Conversations" feature to keep you updated and will show you posts from strangers.
Facebook Oculus Story Studio VR Content Division Is Shutting Down
Oculus Story Studio, the award-winning studio behind virtual reality (VR) short films like “Dear Angelica” and “Henry,” is being shut down, Facebook announced Thursday afternoon. The studio’s 50 staffers are encouraged to apply for new jobs within Oculus.
Avoid Scams On Social Media With These Helpful Tips
Social media network is a place full of opportunities especially for people devising scams so pay attention and find out to spot scams.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
What Is M2M & IoT?
While IoT and M2M technologies do have some elements in common, they are, in fact, two distinct concepts. M2M applications differ from what IoT is intended for and mostly cover the industrial field. IoT connected objects, on the other hand, pertain more to everyday life and apply to the general public.
Wellness Technology is a Billion Dollar Industry. Here Comes the Next Wave: Death Positive & Grief Wellness
The World Health Organization estimates that 25% of all people will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, with roughly 450 million individuals currently struggling with a condition.
Find the build that’s right for you in the Metamorph League and experiment with other playstyles.
Defeat bosses in the Metamorph League and get tons of PoE currency like PoE orbs by knowing what the right build for you is in our Metamorph build guide!
Design Trends you Should Know
For everything from product labels to websites, the right design has a huge impact on people. Keeping up with the latest design styles is important because it lets organizations present a trendier and more modern vibe to their audience. Here are some of the biggest trends you can expect to see in the upcoming years.