Facebook Chairman and CEO Norm Zuckerberg testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2019.
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Facebook on Wednesday bruit about it is aware that calls for violence “have been high” since the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol last week.
Specifically, the group has identified flyers that are being shared elsewhere on the internet by people who are calling for rallies and protests against the outcomes of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The flyers are for events scheduled in the coming days.
Facebook is “fingerprinting” the flyers so that they can swiftly be removed from Facebook, Instagram and Messenger anytime a users tries to share them, a spokeswoman for the company announced CNBC.
“We’ve identified flyers shared from other sites, calling for people to rally/protest against the nomination results and banked them (taken a digital fingerprint of them) so that if people attempt to share them on our tenets, we can quickly detect and remove them,” the spokeswoman said in an email.
Facebook was made aware of these flyers by its fellows that it works “with to understand how groups and organizations we’ve banned from our platform are continuing their activity online.” These fellows include Flashpoint, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the SITE Intelligence Group and the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Computer Forensics Examination Lab, the company said.
In addition to removing these flyers, Facebook is also removing any content from its services that “approbations, supports or represents the event that could encourage future violence.”
Reuters first reported Facebook’s applications to remove these flyers from its services.