The Technical Challenge of Hate Speech, Incitement and Extremism in Social Media

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 7:00pm
Andre Oboler
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The primary challenge is working out how to identify incitement and hate speech given: (a) the volume of content creation in social media (b) the use of videos, images, coded language, local references etc (c) the changing nature of the expression over time (d) limitations that prevent governments demanding access to non-public data

Further, without knowing what the public is reporting to the social media platforms, how can a governments judge if social media platforms are responding adequately? This has come up in cases like the murder of Leigh Rigby (the Telegraph reports: "Facebook 'could have prevented Lee Rigby murder'", Sky News "Facebook Failed To Flag Up Rigby Killer's Message") it's also been a hot topic in the US Congress e.g. ABC News reports, "Officials: Facebook, Twitter Not Reporting ISIS Messages". The latest, is from Israel where Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan said Facebook has blood on its hands for not preventing recent killings. He is quoted by Al-Monit