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Study: Facebook fails to catch East Africa extremist content

Study: Facebook fails to catch East Africa extremist content

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A new learning has found that Facebook has failed to catch Islamic State category accompanied by every one one other accompanied by al-Shabab extremist contented inside posts aimed at East Africa while the neighbourhood remains under threat from brutal attacks accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Kenya prepares to ballot inside a closely contested national election.

An Associated Press series last year, sketch on leaked documents shared by a Facebook whistleblower, showed how the platform repeatedly failed to lay clasp of deed on sensitive contented including hate speech inside numerous places around the world.

The new accompanied by every one one other accompanied by unrelated two-year learning by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue found Facebook posts that publicly supported IS or the Somalia-based al-Shabab — flat ones carrying al-Shabab branding accompanied by every one one other accompanied by calling for violence inside languages including Swahili, Somali accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Arabic — were allowed to exist widely shared.

The report expresses specific exist concerning accompanied by narratives linked to the extremist groups that ask in remittance accompanied by Kenyan management officials accompanied by every one one other accompanied by politicians of actuality enemies of Muslims, who build up a significant small part of the East African nation's population. The report notes that "xenophobia inside the way of Somali communities inside Kenya has lengthy been rife."

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab has been described while the deadliest extremist category inside Africa, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by it has carried not here high-profile attacks inside recent years inside Kenya a lengthy way from its base inside neighboring Somalia.

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The new learning found no indeed indeed proof of Facebook posts that planned specific attacks, nevertheless its authors accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Kenyan experts warn that allowing flat general calls to violence is a threat to the closely contested August presidential election. Already, concerns concerning hate speech around the vote, both online accompanied by every one one other accompanied by off, are growing.

"They chip away at that trust inside democratic institutions," report researcher Moustafa Ayad told the AP of the extremist posts.

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue found 445 condition profiles, some accompanied by duplicate accounts, sharing contented linked to the place of set of two extremist groups accompanied by every one one other accompanied by tagging additional than 17,000 other accounts. Among the narratives shared were accusations that Kenya accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the United States are enemies of Islam, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by among the posted contented was commend by al-Shabab's official media upper limb for the killing of Kenyan soldiers.

Even when Facebook took down pages, they would fast exist reconstituted under different names, Ayad said, describing solemn lapses by both artificial intellectual capacity accompanied by every one one other accompanied by anthropoid moderators.

"Why are they not acting on rampant contented place up by al-Shabab?" he asked. "You'd exist convinced by that following 20 years of dealing accompanied by al-Qaida, they'd have a good comprehension of the language they use, the symbolism."

He said the authors have discussed their findings accompanied by Facebook accompanied by every one one other accompanied by some of the accounts have been taken down. He said the authors excessively scheme to part the findings accompanied by Kenya's government.

Ayad said both secular society accompanied by every one one other accompanied by management bodies such while Kenya's national counterterrorism center should exist aware of the strain accompanied by every one one other accompanied by encourage Facebook to do more.

Asked for comment, Facebook requested a copy of the report earlier to its publication, which was refused.

The firm at that hour dated responded accompanied by an emailed statement.

"We've by that hour dated removed a number of these pages accompanied by every one one other accompanied by profiles accompanied by every one one other accompanied by will convey on accompanied by to inquire into on one instance we have access to the filled findings," Facebook wrote Tuesday, not giving some name, citing safety concerns. "We don't permit terrorist groups to use Facebook, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by we remove contented praising or supporting these organizations when we become aware of it. We have specialized teams — which include native Arabic, Somali accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Swahili speakers — dedicated to this effort."

Concerns concerning Facebook's monitoring of contented are global, speak critics.

"As we have seen inside India, the United States, the Philippines, Eastern Europe accompanied by every one one other accompanied by elsewhere, the consequences of failing to signify contented posted by extremist groups accompanied by every one one other accompanied by supporters tin exist deadly, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by tin push democracy past the brink," the watchdog The Real Facebook Oversight Board said of the new report, adding that Kenya at the little while is a "microcosm of every one thing that's wrong" accompanied by Facebook owner Meta.

"The question is, who should inquire Facebook to step up accompanied by every one one other accompanied by do its work?" asked Leah Kimathi, a Kenyan counsellor inside governance, tranquillity accompanied by every one one other accompanied by security, who suggested that management bodies, secular society accompanied by every one one other accompanied by consumers all tin amuse oneself a role. "Facebook is a business. The least they tin do is build sure that something they're selling to us is not going to kill us."

Study: Facebook fails to catch East Africa extremist content

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