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holy crap. A new whistleblower complaint to the SEC shows that Facebook is auto-generating extremist propaganda, including over 30 auto-generated pages for white supremacist groups and at least one auto-generated page for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.
apnews.com/f97c24dab4f34b…
One of Facebook auto-generation functions scrapes employment info from user’s pages to create business pages. It's *supposed* to produce pages to help companies network, but in many cases the pages "are serving as a branded landing space for extremist groups." 1/
"The function allows Facebook users to like pages for extremist organizations, including al-Qaida, the Islamic State group and the Somali-based al-Shabab, effectively providing a list of sympathizers for recruiters." 2/

Researchers identified over 30 auto-generated pages for white supremacist groups. A page created for the “Aryan Brotherhood Headquarters” marks the office on a map and asks whether users recommend it.

One endorser posted a question: “How can a brother get in the house.” 3/
Even extremists ID'd by law enforcement are slipping through Facebook's net. In October, dozens of members of the New Aryan Empire were indicted, but many of those listed in the indictment still have FB pages -- even though they used FB for extremist activities. 4/
omfg. "One of the [extremist] group’s indicted leaders, Jeffrey Knox, listed his job as 'stomp down Honky.' Facebook then auto-generated a 'stomp down Honky' business page." 5/
"Social media companies have broad protection in U.S. law from liability stemming from the content that users post on their sites. But Facebook’s role in generating videos and pages from extremist content raises questions about exposure." 6/

This is a crucial point from the National Whistleblower Center:

"Facebook has argued it is not a content provider, failing to disclose that it is generating terror and hate content." 7/

(whistleblowersblog.org/2019/05/articl…)
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