Facebook policy chief: social media must step up fight against extremism
Olivia Solon (13 March 2017)
Paper’s reference in the IEEE style?
O. Solon, “Facebook policy chief: social media must step up fight against extremism,” The Guardian, 13-Mar-2017.
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Was the paper peer reviewed? Explain how you found out.
No, this is a newspaper article
Does the author(s) work in a university or a government-funded research institute? If so, which university or research institute? If not, where do they work?
Olivia Solon is a British freelance technology journalist based in San Francisco.
What does this tell you about their expertise? Are they an expert in the topic area?
The author is a technology journalist and is likely familiar with reporting on technology and it's impact on the world
What was the paper about?
[200 -300 words]
If applicable, is this paper similar to other papers you have read for this assignment? If so, which papers and why?
The article reports on a speech given by facebook's head of policy at the South by South west conference in Texas in March 2017.
The facebook employee made a few points:
- [social media] companies need to do more to combat extremism than just deleting relevant posts.
- social networks also need crowd-sourced counter-speech in response to extremism.
- facebook is partnering with the US Department of homeland Security's Countering Violent Extremism Task Force to develop a program called Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism which invites uni students to design prototypes and digital media campaigns designed to change the minds of people lured toward extremist groups.
A university group from Rochester Institute of Technology created a tool called It's Time: ExOut Extremism. The tool creates videos, infographics and other tools to empower people who might otherwise stay silent.
“People who are radicalised were searching for camaraderie, community,” said Olivia Hauck, ExOut CEO. ExOut provides that for people on the other side of the fence.
If applicable, is this paper different to other papers you have read for this assignment? If so, which papers and why?
What do these similarities and differences suggest? What are your observations? Do you have any new ideas? Do you have any conclusions?
It appears that a large amount of negative social media content about the LGBT community etc is generated by people motivated by hate, a very strong emotion, and by people who are happy to be aligned with those views e.g Milo Yianopolos. It seems unlikely that enough 'normal' people could be mobilised to battle this negative content.
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