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Facebook sier de vil benytte kunstig intelligens til å identifisere ekstremisme. Men maskinene kan ikke finne noe annet enn det mennesker legger premisser for.

Artificial intelligence will largely be used in conjunction with human moderators who review content on a case-by-case basis. But developers hope its use will be expanded over time, said Monika Bickert, the head of global policy management at Facebook.

One of the first applications for the technology is identifying content that clearly violates Facebook’s terms of use, such as photos and videos of beheadings or other gruesome images, and stopping users from uploading them to the site.

Det maskinene vil være gode til er å finne tegn på det menneskene bestemmer det skal lete etter. Men hva som er ekstremisme er en politisk vurdering. Den kan ikke en maskin foreta.

Når man kjenner Marc Zuckerbergs politiske grunnsyn er det grunn til uro. Maskiner kan finne ut hvem som har meninger som Zuckerberg og Merkel ikke finner akseptable, og hvem disse inngår i nettverk med. Det kan bli tidenes overvåkingssystem.

Når National Security Agency og tilsvarende jobber langs samme spor, sier det seg selv at den frie offentlighet kommer under press.

Mennesker i tech-industrien har en voldsom tro på teknologien.

In a blog post published Thursday, Facebook described how an artificial-intelligence system would, over time, teach itself to identify key phrases that were previously flagged for being used to bolster a known terrorist group.

The same system, they wrote, could learn to identify Facebook users who associate with clusters of pages or groups that promote extremist content, or who return to the site again and again, creating fake accounts in order to spread such content online.

“Ideally, one day our technology will address everything,” Ms. Bickert said. “It’s in development right now.” But human moderators, she added, are still needed to review content for context.

Det ble litt for mye jihadist-jakt for en ansatt ved et terrorsenter i Haag. Han savnet parametre for «hvit nasjonalisme». Ingen snakker om «svart nasjonalisme». Det er kun «hvit» som kobles til nasjonalisme. Da har man en forestilling om hva man ser etter:

J. M. Berger, a fellow with the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism at The Hague, said a large part of the challenge for companies like Facebook is figuring out what qualifies as terrorism — a definition that might apply to more than statements in support of groups like the Islamic State.

“The problem, as usual, is determining what is extremist, and what isn’t, and it goes further than just jihadists,” he said. “Are they just talking about ISIS and Al Qaeda, or are they going to go further to deal with white nationalism and neo-Nazi movements?”