Facebook on Thursday highlighted progress in curbing content that could provoke violence, including before, during and after the deadly Capitol attack in the United States that Donald Trump faces a second impeachment trial.
The social network, which has come under fire for allowing the use of its platform to organize the January 6 riot, also said it had provided information to law enforcement during the uprising.
“We have a lot of things we’ve done specifically for the Capitol attacks to make sure we’re doing our part.” Facebook Content Vice President Monica Bickert told reporters, including removing calls for people to carry weapons on the site.
“We monitored the attack in real time and made appropriate referrals to law enforcement to support their efforts to bring those responsible to justice,” she said.
Facebook, in particular, is helping police identify people who posted photos of themselves at the scene, according to Bickert.
She noted that since August, the social network has banned more than 890 militias and armed movements, more than 3,000 pages and 19,000 violence-related groups – many of them before the uprising that overshadowed the certification of the president. To Joe Biden victory from Congress.
Facebook posted an update on content removed in the last three months of last year, saying stricter policies and improved artificial intelligence helped it fight abuses in the November election and the violent crescendo that followed on January 6.
“We’ve done a lot to make sure our services aren’t misused,” Bickert said. “Then there’s what we did with law enforcement. It’s on the eve of the violence; during and after the violence.”
Facebook in November began blocking messages with Stop the theft a slogan used by supporters of the former president Trump to push through his baseless allegation of fraud in mass elections – if they are also considered inciting violence.
After the attack on the Capitol, Facebook determined that the expression was related to justifying rebellion or violence in general, and decided not to allow it, according to Bickert.
The Internet titan, like its neighbors in Silicon Valley, eventually tightened its tone against Trump, who was banned by many social media services after the attack on the democratic process.
Facebook has also banned the promotion of QAnon a movement based on extreme conspiracy theories.
Trump, who was impeachment last month for inciting an uprising, is expected to avoid condemnation thanks to Republican support in the Senate.
Facebook said it downloaded 6.4 million pieces of organized hate content in the last three months of 2020, compared to four million in the previous quarter and 26.9 million pieces of content that violated hate speech rules in general.
On Facebook Instagram, 308,000 pieces of organized hate content were removed from 224,000 in the previous quarter, while the amount of hate speech content removed as a whole was slightly higher at 6.6 million items.
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