A Facebook test of pop-ups asking users if they thought their friends were becoming extremists raised concern among US conservatives on Friday. Social network spokesman Andy Stone explained on Twitter that the warnings arose from an initiative to combat violent extremism.
The functions of the “Redirect Initiative” aim to direct people who use terms related to hate or violence in their searches to other options, justified the Facebook. The social network reported that searches related to white supremacy in the United States are redirected to the Life After Hate group, which proposes interventions in cases of crises related to actions of hate.
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Alert images shared on Twitter show messages asking users if they were concerned that someone they knew was turning into an extremist, or if they had been exposed to extremist content.
Virginia Republican politician Nicholas Freitas is among those who have shared an image of the Facebook alert on his Twitter account. “I have serious concern that some left-wing technocrats are creating an Orwellian environment in which people are arbitrarily silenced for saying something the ‘thought police’ doesn’t like,” he said in his publication.
Facebook and other electronic platforms are under pressure to stop the spread of disinformation and publications that lead to violence, hatred and discrimination. The social networking giant has recently beefed up automated tools to help group moderators struggling to maintain civilized exchanges at a time of conflicting views.
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