By Kait Pararas

On Wednesday morning, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on mass violence, extremism, and digital responsibility. The purpose of the hearing was to examine the proliferation of extremism online and examine the effectiveness of social media companies’ efforts to remove violent content from their platforms. The senators heard from representatives of Facebook, Twitter, Google, and the Anti-Defamation League.

Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of global policy management, repeatedly assured senators about  Facebook’s commitment to remove terror and hate content from its website. In her opening statement, she said: “We don’t allow any individuals or organizations who proclaim a violent mission, advocate for violence, or are engaged in violence to have any presence on Facebook.”

However, a whistleblower working with the National Whistleblower Center filed a petition in January 2019 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) contradicting this. The petition shows that Facebook not only hosts terror and hate content, but it has also auto-generated dozens of pages in the names of Middle East extremist and U.S. white supremacist groups, thus facilitating networking and recruitment.


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Facebook has  “made little progress” in dealing with the problem of auto-generated pages for terror groups, according to reporting from The Associated Press

The story is a follow-up on an April report that concluded the pages “are aiding Middle East extremists and white supremacists in the United States.”

Hear more at today’s congressional hearing

Social media executives testified on Wednesday that they are determined to keep terrorist content off their sites, but the members of Congress who summoned them had doubts.

The House Committee on Homeland Security heard testimony from representatives of Facebook, Twitter, and Google.

“On terrorist content our view is simple: There is no space on Facebook for terrorists,” Monika Bickert of Facebook told the committee.

However, committee chair Bennie Thompson said social media platforms have proven “they were unable to comply” with demands to control content.


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Two weeks after a whistleblower filed an updated federal complaint accusing the network of promoting terrorism, Facebook continues to deal with pressure about questionable content. The details of the complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission were outlined in an Associated Press story.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/%D9%87%D9%8A%D8%A6%D8%A9-%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B4%D8%A7%D9%85/237269353391307?timeline_context_item_type=intro_caAt issue in the complaint: the network’s failure to limit content designed