Facebook will warn users who may have seen extremist content

New alerts are part of the social network’s recent campaign to tackle disinformation, hate content and conspiracy theories still circulating on Facebook

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Facebook is testing new strategies to reach users who may radicalize on its platform after seeing gods extremist content. The social network confirmed that it is testing dedicated in-app messages to alert people who have seen content of this type and direct them to resources aimed at fighting online extremism.

The Cnn has reported first these new indications after some screenshots had been shared on Twitter in recent days. One type of message is aimed at people who might know someone who is falling into trap of extremism. “Are you worried that someone you know is becoming an extremist?”, we read in the warning prototype.

Another message appears to alert users that they may have seen extremist content on the platform. “Violent groups try to manipulate your anger and your disappointment “, dice. “You can act now to protect yourself and others”, continues the message.

Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone he confirmed, which these notices “They are part of our ongoing redirection initiative work”. The initiative would be part of Facebook’s broader effort to combat extremism on its platform by working with organizations like Life After Hate, which helps people quit violent far-right groups. Stone said the company is referring users to radicalization risk to several resources that could help them, including Life After Hate.

It’s unclear how Facebook is determining which users might be most affected by extremism, but the problem has become a hot topic for Facebook.

The platform has come under a lot of criticism in recent years for not taking enough steps to downsize extremist content on its platform. Facebook had done nothing to ban until last summer QAnon and other groups extremists, who in the meantime had greatly increased their following. In 2020, the company was also criticized for not closing the page of a group of militiamen urging armed citizens to take to the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Facebook has also repeatedly promised to do its best to stop the flow of disinformation and conspiracy theories. The Social Media’s Independent Supervisory Board in May called on the company to investigate the role its platform played in the January 6 uprising in Capitol Hill by the followers of Donald Trump.

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