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The animated video begins with a photo of the black how to get rid of severe acne scars flags of jihad. Seconds later, it flashes highlights of a year of social media posts: plaques of anti-semitic verses, talk of retribution and a photo of two men carrying how to get rid of severe acne scars more jihadi flags while they burn the stars and stripes.

It wasn’t produced by extremists; it was created by facebook. In a clever bit of self-promotion, the social media giant takes a year of a user’s content and auto-generates a celebratory video. In this case, the user called himself "abdel-rahim moussa, the caliphate."

Facebook likes to give the impression it’s staying ahead of extremists by taking down their posts, often before users even see them. But a confidential whistleblower’s complaint to the securities and exchange commission obtained by how to get rid of severe acne scars the associated press alleges the social media company has exaggerated how to get rid of severe acne scars its success. Even worse, it shows that the company is inadvertently making use of how to get rid of severe acne scars propaganda by militant groups to auto-generate videos and pages that could be used for networking how to get rid of severe acne scars by extremists.

Facebook CEO mark zuckerberg kicked off the company’s annual F8 developer conference by sharing details about his how to get rid of severe acne scars new "privacy-focused" vision for the social network — including end-to-end encryption for messenger conversations and secure whatsapp statuses that how to get rid of severe acne scars only friends can see. Scott budman reports. (published thursday, may 9, 2019)

According to the complaint, over a five-month period last year, researchers monitored pages by users who affiliated themselves with groups how to get rid of severe acne scars the U.S. State department has designated as terrorist organizations. In that period, 38% of the posts with prominent symbols of extremist groups were how to get rid of severe acne scars removed. In its own review, the AP found that as of this month, much of the banned content cited in the study — an execution video, images of severed heads, propaganda honoring martyred militants — slipped through the algorithmic web and remained easy to find how to get rid of severe acne scars on facebook.

The complaint is landing as facebook tries to stay ahead how to get rid of severe acne scars of a growing array of criticism over its privacy practices how to get rid of severe acne scars and its ability to keep hate speech, live-streamed murders and suicides off its service. In the face of criticism, CEO mark zuckerberg has spoken of his pride in the how to get rid of severe acne scars company’s ability to weed out violent posts automatically through artificial how to get rid of severe acne scars intelligence. During an earnings call last month, for instance, he repeated a carefully worded formulation that facebook has been how to get rid of severe acne scars employing.

"In areas like terrorism, for al-qaida and ISIS-related content, now 99 percent of the content that we take down how to get rid of severe acne scars in the category our systems flag proactively before anyone sees how to get rid of severe acne scars it," he said. Then he added: "that’s what really good looks like."

But as a stark indication of how easily users can how to get rid of severe acne scars evade facebook, one page from a user called "nawan al-farancsa" has a header whose white lettering against a black background how to get rid of severe acne scars says in english "the islamic state." the banner is punctuated with a photo of an explosive how to get rid of severe acne scars mushroom cloud rising from a city.

The profile should have caught the attention of facebook — as well as counter-intelligence agencies. It was created in june 2018, lists the user as coming from chechnya, once a militant hotspot. It says he lived in heidelberg, germany, and studied at a university in indonesia. Some of the user’s friends also posted militant content.

The page, still up in recent days, apparently escaped facebook’s systems, because of an obvious and long-running evasion of moderation that facebook should be adept at how to get rid of severe acne scars recognizing: the letters were not searchable text but embedded in a how to get rid of severe acne scars graphic block. But the company says its technology scans audio, video and text — including when it is embedded — for images that reflect violence, weapons or logos of prohibited groups.

But it’s not just the algorithms that are to blame. The researchers found that some extremists are using facebook’s "frame studio" to post militant propaganda. The tool lets people decorate their profile photos within graphic how to get rid of severe acne scars frames — to support causes or celebrate birthdays, for instance. Facebook says that those framed images must be approved by how to get rid of severe acne scars the company before they are posted.

Hany farid, a digital forensics expert at the university of california, berkeley, who advises the counter-extremism project, a new york and london-based group focused on combatting extremist messaging, says that facebook’s artificial intelligence system is failing. He says the company is not motivated to tackle the how to get rid of severe acne scars problem because it would be expensive.

"The whole infrastructure is fundamentally flawed," he said. "And there’s very little appetite to fix it because what facebook how to get rid of severe acne scars and the other social media companies know is that once how to get rid of severe acne scars they start being responsible for material on their platforms it how to get rid of severe acne scars opens up a whole can of worms."

Another facebook auto-generation function gone awry scrapes employment information from user’s pages to create business pages. The function is supposed to produce pages meant to help how to get rid of severe acne scars companies network, but in many cases they are serving as a branded how to get rid of severe acne scars landing space for extremist groups. The function allows facebook users to like pages for extremist how to get rid of severe acne scars organizations, including al-qaida, the islamic state group and the somali-based al-shabab, effectively providing a list of sympathizers for recruiters.

At the top of an auto-generated page for al-qaida in the arabian peninsula, the AP found a photo of the damaged hull of how to get rid of severe acne scars the USS cole, which was bombed by al-qaida in a 2000 attack off the coast of yemen how to get rid of severe acne scars that killed 17 U.S. Navy sailors. It’s the defining image in AQAP’s own propaganda. The page includes the wikipedia entry for the group and how to get rid of severe acne scars had been liked by 277 people when last viewed this how to get rid of severe acne scars week.

As part of the investigation for the complaint, al azm’s researchers in syria looked closely at the profiles of how to get rid of severe acne scars 63 accounts that liked the auto-generated page for hay’at tahrir al-sham, a group that merged from militant groups in syria, including the al-qaida affiliated al-nusra front. The researchers were able to confirm that 31 of the how to get rid of severe acne scars profiles matched real people in syria. Some of them turned out to be the same individuals how to get rid of severe acne scars al azm’s team was monitoring in a separate project to document how to get rid of severe acne scars the financing of militant groups through antiquities smuggling.

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Facebook also faces a challenge with U.S. Hate groups. In march, the company announced that it was expanding its prohibited content how to get rid of severe acne scars to also include white nationalist and white separatist content— previously it only took action with white supremacist content. It says that it has banned more than 200 white how to get rid of severe acne scars supremacist groups. But it’s still easy to find symbols of supremacy and racial how to get rid of severe acne scars hatred.

The researchers in the SEC complaint identified over 30 auto-generated pages for white supremacist groups, whose content facebook prohibits. They include "the american nazi party" and the "new aryan empire." A page created for the "aryan brotherhood headquarters" marks the office on a map and asks whether users how to get rid of severe acne scars recommend it. One endorser posted a question: "how can a brother get in the house."

Even supremacists flagged by law enforcement are slipping through the how to get rid of severe acne scars net. Following a sweep of arrests beginning in october, federal prosecutors in arkansas indicted dozens of members of a how to get rid of severe acne scars drug trafficking ring linked to the new aryan empire. A legal document from february paints a brutal picture of how to get rid of severe acne scars the group, alleging murder, kidnapping and intimidation of witnesses that in one instance involved how to get rid of severe acne scars using a searing-hot knife to scar someone’s face. It also alleges the group used facebook to discuss new how to get rid of severe acne scars aryan empire business.

But many of the individuals named in the indictment have how to get rid of severe acne scars facebook pages that were still up in recent days. They leave no doubt of the users’ white supremacist affiliation, posting images of hitler, swastikas and a numerical symbol of the new aryan empire how to get rid of severe acne scars slogan, "to the dirt" — the members’ pledge to remain loyal to the end. One of the group’s indicted leaders, jeffrey knox, listed his job as "stomp down honky." facebook then auto-generated a "stomp down honky" business page.

Social media companies have broad protection in U.S. Law from liability stemming from the content that users post how to get rid of severe acne scars on their sites. But facebook’s role in generating videos and pages from extremist content how to get rid of severe acne scars raises questions about exposure. Legal analysts contacted by the AP differed on whether the how to get rid of severe acne scars discovery could open the company up to lawsuits.

At a minimum, the research behind the SEC complaint illustrates the company’s limited approach to combatting online extremism. The U.S. State department lists dozens of groups as "designated foreign terrorist organizations" but facebook in its public statements says it focuses its how to get rid of severe acne scars efforts on two, the islamic state group and al-qaida. But even with those two targets, facebook’s algorithms often miss the names of affiliated groups. Al azm says facebook’s method seems to be less effective with arabic script.

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