Facebook says it deletes most terror content before it's flagged

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Facebook says nearly all ISIS and Al Qaeda-related terror content is removed through machine learning before anyone flags it, and most copies of that content (83%) are removed within an hour of being uploaded.

Why it matters: In the past, Facebook has been criticized for not moving quickly enough to remove bad content once it has been uploaded or flagged to human reviewers. Critics, for example, cried foul when Facebook took over two hours to remove videos of a Cleveland murderer after the initial video, in which the murderer stated his intentions, was uploaded.