United Nations: ‘No clear evidence’ social media leads to more violent behavior, UN-backed study reports

United Nations: ‘No clear evidence’ social media leads to more violent behavior, UN-backed study reports. “Violent extremists use the Internet to attract younger audiences, to disseminate content and to foster direct dialogue with young people, a United Nations agency-backed study found, but more research is needed to find out if social media has an effective role in radicalization.”

Wired: When YouTube Removes Violent Videos, It Impedes Justice

Wired: When YouTube Removes Violent Videos, It Impedes Justice. “When the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Mahmoud al-Werfelli in August for the war crime of murder in Libya, it marked a watershed moment for open-source investigations. For those of us who embrace the promise of the digital landscape for justice and accountability, it came as welcome validation that content found on Facebook and YouTube form a good deal of the evidence before the Court. But this relatively new path to justice is at risk of becoming a dead-end.”

Devex: WHO readies to launch online database tracking health worker attacks

Devex: WHO readies to launch online database tracking health worker attacks. “A new, interactive database built by the World Health Organization will soon shine a spotlight on the extent of violence against health care workers and the risks they are facing in some of the world’s toughest places to deliver aid. The online database, set to launch within the next few months, will track possible, probable and confirmed attacks in real-time, which any public user can search and sort by country or type of attack.”

BuzzFeed: Violence On Facebook Live Is Worse Than You Thought

Buzzfeed: Violence On Facebook Live Is Worse Than You Thought. “Facebook Live has a violence problem, one far more troubling than national headlines make clear. At least 45 instances of violence — shootings, rapes, murders, child abuse, torture, suicides, and attempted suicides — have been broadcast via Live since its debut in December 2015, a new BuzzFeed News analysis found. That’s an average rate of about two instances per month.”

Quartz: Algorithms are failing Facebook. Can humanity save it?

Quartz: Algorithms are failing Facebook. Can humanity save it?. “Had Facebook been thinking about Facebook Live as more than a neutral technology product, it may have anticipated what Zeynep Tufekci, an associate professor at University of North Carolina who studies online speech issues, told the New York Times that she anticipated: ‘It was pretty clear to me that this would lead to on-camera suicides, murder, abuse, torture,’ she told the paper. ‘The FBI did a pretty extensive study of school shooters: The infamy part is a pretty heavy motivator.'”

Forbes: Why Don’t Social Media Companies Stop Violent Imagery?

Forbes: Why Don’t Social Media Companies Stop Violent Imagery?. “The intense media coverage this past week of the so-called ‘Facebook killer’ drew attention once again to the horrific ways in which social media platforms can provide a global audience to people who wish to do themselves or others grievous harm and indeed begs the question of whether in the absence of such instant fame would at least some of these acts have been prevented?”