Facebook is going to utlize Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create a global community and help curb terrorism. Mark Zuckerberg penned down a 6000-word letter, posted on his Facebook profile where he described the plan to help identify terrorism, bullying and even prevent suicide.
Last year, the social media company came under a lot of pressure from the Obama administration to curb extremist propoganda in the cyber space. Many militant groups use social media for recuitment process as it provides them a reach to the wider audience.
Twitter suspended a 125 thousand accounts linked to ISIS last year whereas Facebook has been backed into a corner to create a fine line between free speech and public safety.
Mark addrssed the controversy in his post relaying that it was impossible for the company to review the billions of posts and messages that appeared on the platform every day. He said: “The complexity of the issues we’ve seen has outstripped our existing processes for governing the community.”
Currently the social media site relies on users to flag them the questionable content. Last year Mark used AI to develop his version of Jarvis inspired by Iron Man’s J.A.R.V.I.S but in the future he hopes to use the AI technology to better identify the dangerous people and elements present on Facebook. He also said it would take years for the necessary algorithms to be developed.
Terrorism has been a sensitive topic in the tech world and the social media companies are many a time dragged into the conversation about the policing across their platform. Realizing this challenge Mark wrote:
“Looking ahead, one of our greatest opportunities to keep people safe is building artificial intelligence to understand more quickly and accurately what is happening across our community.”
The social media company has been part of the news especially after the US elections where their inability to filter out the fake news content brought them under a spotlight. In his letter, Mark acknowledged the fake news problem but did not say whether we can expect an AI solution for that as well.