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Whistleblower says Facebook generating terror content

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Facebook is unwittingly auto-generating content for terror-linked groups that its artificial intelligence systems do not recognize as extremist, according to a complaint made public on Thursday.

The National Whistleblowers Center in Washington carried out a five-month study of the pages of 3,000 members who liked or connected to organizations proscribed as terrorist by the US government.

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Researchers found that the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda were “openly” active on the social network.

More worryingly, the Facebook’s own software was automatically creating “celebration” and “memories” videos for extremist pages that had amassed sufficient views or “likes.”

The Whistleblower’s Center said it filed a complaint with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on behalf of a source that preferred to remain anonymous.

“Facebook’s efforts to stamp out terror content have been weak and ineffectual,” read an executive summary of the 48-page document shared by the center.

“Of even greater concern, Facebook itself has been creating and promoting terror content with its auto-generate technology.”

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Survey results shared in the complaint indicated that Facebook was not delivering on its claims about eliminating extremist posts or accounts.

The company told AFP it had been removing terror-linked content “at a far higher success rate than even two years go” since making heavy investments in technology.

“We don’t claim to find everything and we remain vigilant in our efforts against terrorist groups around the world,” the company said.

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Facebook and other social media platforms have been under fire for not doing enough to curb messages of hate and violence, while at the same time criticized for failing to offer equal time for all viewpoints, no matter how unpleasant.

Facebook in March announced bans at the social network and Instagram on praise or support for white nationalism and white separatism.

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‘We’ve heard it all before’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe cuts away from Trump’s impeachment rant from Davos

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MSNBC cut away from President Donald Trump's rambling, self-pitying rant against impeachment to address other news on a busy day.

The president, speaking from the economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, hurled insults against Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and complained that Democrats hadn't focused on a transcript -- which still hasn't been released -- of his "perfect" phone call with Ukraine's president.

"All I do is, I'm honest, I make great deals, I've made great deals for our country," Trump said, "now we're working with the (World Trade Organization), you're probably surprised by that, but there has been a long-term abusive situation to the U.S. I make great deals for our country and they are honest deals."

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Fox & Friends begs viewers not to watch ‘boring’ impeachment trial: ‘Turn to us to summarize it’

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Fox News hosts assured viewers who hadn't tuned in to the first day of the impeachment trial that they hadn't missed anything.

The hosts of "Fox & Friends" told their viewers that Day One of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial was long, opaque and ran well into the morning hours -- which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insisted upon.

"There were snippets, and we're showing you the good stuff," said co-host Steve Doocy. "It was unbelievably boring. I don't know how people can follow it."

Co-host Ainsley Earhardt summed up the first day by saying Republicans had approved the rules, but Democrats insisted "over and over and over" that they wanted additional witnesses, and co-host Pete Hegseth assured viewers they didn't need to watch themselves.

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Rudy Giuliani urged Justice Dept to go easy on wealthy Venezuelan client: report

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Rudy Giuliani told U.S. prosecutors that his wealthy Venezuelan client deserved leniency in a criminal investigation, according to his indicted associate Lev Parnas and others.

Alejandro Betancourt, who's reportedly an unindicted co-conspirator in a money laundering case, introduced President Donald Trump's lawyer to the father of Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido, reported Reuters.

Betancourt told Guiliani at a meeting in Spain that he secretly bankrolled Guaido’s efforts to take over leadership of Venezuela, according to four people familiar with the situation.

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