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Facebook To Work With Non Profit Organisations To Identify & Remove Hateful Videos

Facebook To Work With Non Profit Organisations To Identify & Remove Hateful Videos”

"The UK OCCI will support NGOs and community groups who work across the UK to challenge the extremist narratives that cause such harm", the executive said.

The technology company will launch the Online Civil Courage Initiative in the United Kingdom on Friday, which includes training organisations about how to monitor and respond to extremist content and the creation of a dedicated support desk at Facebook where concerns can be flagged up.

Facebook is launching the Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI) in the United Kingdom, a programme aimed at countering online extremism and hate speech, in partnership with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.

The program comes in the wake of criticism by politicians that tech companies are slow to remove extremist content.

It will also offer knowledge sharing with NGOs, government and other online services; and financial support for academic research on online and offline patterns of extremism.

The launch of the initiative in the United Kingdom also comes a week after Facebook announced new measures to counter terrorism, which included a combination of human expertise and artificial intelligence techniques to root out fake accounts, problematic language, propaganda and terrorist clusters.

"There is no place for hate or violence on Facebook", the company's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said.

A spokesperson from Facebook said: 'The launch of OCCI in the United Kingdom follows successful launches in Germany in January 2016 and in France in March 2017.

"We have called on industry to take more action on the issue and welcome this new initiative from Facebook to provide support to other organisations in tackling terrorist and extremist material". Further, Sandberg stated that through this partnership, Facebook has focused on counter-speech by giving a voice to people to speak against violence and extremism.

'There is no place for hate or violence on Facebook.

This step has been taken by Facebook after extreme pressure from governments' across Europe, asking technology tycoons to control extremist propaganda spreading through their platform.

This is a valuable and much needed initiative from Facebook in helping to tackle extremism. Facebook's post also mentions that, as they do in person, terrorists tend to cluster together, facilitating the company's AI to follow threads of similarity in related pages, groups, profiles, and even inter-app activity - enabling their searches to extend to WhatsApp and Instagram, as well. Social media platforms have a particular responsibility to address hate speech that has too often been allowed to flourish online.



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