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Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios

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.

The main way Facebook removes such content is by creating a database of video, images and text that can be machine read and automatically blocking any matches from living on the platform.

The catch: Terror content is not all the same. AI can find matches, but "a system designed to find content from one terrorist group may not work for another because of language and stylistic differences in their propaganda," Facebook says. So the company is focusing its efforts on the terrorist organizations that pose the biggest global threat: ISIS and Al Qaeda. The hope is to "expand the use of automated systems to detect content from regional terrorist organizations too," the company says.

Our thought bubble: A lot of terror content that spreads online these days is domestic. While people are certainly inspired by ISIS and Al Qaeda-related posts, there's still a long way to go to ensure that all terrorist content is removed as thoroughly and as quickly.

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Pelosi's back-to-school math problem

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may need votes from an unlikely source — the Republican Party — if she hopes to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by next Monday, as she's promised Democratic centrists.

Why it matters: With at least 20 progressives threatening to vote against the $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill, centrist members are banking on more than 10 Republicans to approve the bill.

By the numbers: Haitian emigration

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Data: CBP; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

The number of Haitians crossing the U.S.-Mexico border had been rising even before their country's president was assassinated in July and the island was struck by an earthquake a month later.

Why it matters: A spike during the past few weeks — leaving thousands waiting in a makeshift camp under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas — has prompted a crackdown and deportations by the Biden administration.

Biden's communication headaches

President Biden stands with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit in June. Photo: Patrick Semansky/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson told reporters on his way to the U.N. General Assembly on Sunday night he didn't believe it was likely that the U.S. would agree to lift its ban on vaccinated foreign travelers this week. Hours later, the White House did exactly that.

Why it matters: For the second time in less than a week, a major U.S. foreign policy decision by the Biden administration appears to have caught one of its closest allies by surprise. And neither was the first time, either.