Wired: Devin Nunes and the Power of Keyword Signaling

Wired: Devin Nunes and the Power of Keyword Signaling. “When there is limited or no content available on a topic, it’s possible to game search engines to guarantee that certain keywords will be directed to content that includes these terms or is tagged accordingly. This is why conspiracy theorists were able to capitalize on the concept of a ‘crisis actor.’ By producing a plethora of insidious content rife with the term and maximizing SEO, conspiracy theorists filled what Microsoft’s Michael Golebiewski and danah boyd referred to as a ‘data void.’ Searches for ‘crisis actor’ got conspiratorial results until other sources filled the void with more legitimate content debunking the theory.”

Diverse World, One Internet: How to Regulate Online Extremist Content? (The GlobePost)

The GlobePost: Diverse World, One Internet: How to Regulate Online Extremist Content?. “The fact that no single state or region can effectively regulate the entire internet is both comforting and distressing. It is comforting because there are many states I would not like to see in control over what content is accessible. And it is distressing because it means that fighting clearly undesirable content becomes very difficult due to lacking international coordination, and limited international consensus.”

Seattle Times: Facebook still auto-generating Islamic State, al-Qaida pages

Seattle Times: Facebook still auto-generating Islamic State, al-Qaida pages. “In the face of criticism that Facebook is not doing enough to combat extremist messaging, the company likes to say that its automated systems remove the vast majority of prohibited content glorifying the Islamic State group and al-Qaida before it’s reported. But a whistleblower’s complaint shows that Facebook itself has inadvertently provided the two extremist groups with a networking and recruitment tool by producing dozens of pages in their names.”

New York Times: Facebook Expands Definition of Terrorist Organizations to Limit Extremism

New York Times: Facebook Expands Definition of Terrorist Organizations to Limit Extremism. “Facebook on Tuesday announced a series of changes to limit hate speech and extremism on the social network, expanding its definition of terrorist organizations and planning to deploy artificial intelligence to better spot and block live videos of shooters.”

The National: ISIS is using new social media sites after Facebook and Twitter crackdown

The National: ISIS is using new social media sites after Facebook and Twitter crackdown. “Since December, ISIS has been turning to the ‘decentralised web’ to find new sites after a crackdown by Facebook, Twitter and Telegram. It had been dominant on Telegram until the platform deleted thousands of its accounts. Now, research reveals the group has been turning to platforms like RocketChat and ZeroNet.”

YouTube: YouTube says it’s removing more hate speech than before but controversial channels remain up

CNN: YouTube says it’s removing more hate speech than before but controversial channels remain up. “In a blog post on Tuesday, YouTube said it had removed more than 100,000 videos and over 17,000 channels for violating its hate speech rules in April through June, which is five times more than it removed in the previous three months. It also took down over 500 million comments over hate speech.”