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Facebook Vows 'Hostile Environment For Terrorists' After London Attack

Facebook Vows 'Hostile Environment For Terrorists' After London Attack

Forensic police work within a cordoned off area after an attack in the London Bridge area of London, Sunday, June 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

By    |   Sunday, 04 June 2017 07:14 PM

Facebook vowed to become “a hostile environment for terrorists” as British Prime Minister Theresa May raised the possibility of imposing new regulations to restrict the dissemination of extremist content following the latest terrorist attack in London, The Hill reported Sunday.

Facebook said in a statement it wants to "aggressively remove terrorist content” and, "provide a service where people feel safe.”

“That means we do not allow groups or people that engage in terrorist activity, or posts that express support for terrorism," said Simon Milner, the company's policy director.

Critics have said the social media network has not done enough to fight radicalization or terrorist recruitment on its site, Yahoo reported.

In response to such criticism, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last month announced he would hire another 3,000 employees to get rid of such content from the network.

Milner’s statement emphasized that "Using a combination of technology and human review, we work aggressively to remove terrorist content from our platform as soon as we become aware of it. We have long collaborated with policymakers civil society, and others in the tech industry, and we are committed to continuing this important work."

However, Hany Farid, who is chair of the computer science department at Dartmouth and who also serves as a senior adviser to the nonprofit Counter Extremism Project, recently told the radio program “On the Media” that,it's really frustrating because every time we see horrific things on Facebook or on YouTube or on Twitter we get the standard press release from the companies saying, 'We take online safety very seriously. There is no room on our networks for this type of material,' and yet the companies continue to drag their feet. They continue to ignore technology that could be used and doesn't affect their business model in any significant way."

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Facebook vowed to become "a hostile environment for terrorists" as British Prime Minister Theresa May raised the possibility of imposing new regulations to restrict the dissemination of extremist content following the latest terrorist attack in London, The Hill reported.
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