Social media giants Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube appeared in front of the US Senate cyber-terror committee yesterday and everyone seemed very happy with the progress they have made in tackling extremist content.
The session, which was entitled “Terrorism and Social Media: #IsBigTechDoingEnough?” was expected to be a grilling of the three platforms seen by many as being most responsible for the spread of extremist content online.
Social media stats laid bare
But, the social media behemoths came well prepared with armfuls of statistics that showed quite clearly just how well they are doing.
YouTube claimed that they now remove 98% of videos featuring violent extremism using automated algorithms. Facebook claimed to remove 99% of ISIS and Al Qaeda-related terror content before it is even reported.
Their head of product policy and counterterrorism Monika Bickert went on to claim that “Once we