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Frank Konkel | Nextgov | September 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Facebook’s DC Office Seeks Analyst to Combat Hate Groups, Terrorist Content

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Facebook is upping its effort to combat extremist speech, creating a new position within its Washington, D.C., office aimed explicitly at better understanding how hate groups and terrorist organizations use Facebook and Instagram.

Specifically, Facebook seeks a bilingual (Arabic and English) candidate with a “multidisciplinary analytic background, the ability to identify broad trends, and be excited to delve into the details of understanding and mitigating propaganda networks employed by militant organizations.”

Global security and policy wonks may find the job attractive, as policy development, assessing geopolitical and security risks and tracking trends in social media use by militant organizations are all part of the gig.

Facebook’s efforts mirror those of other social media platforms in response to ISIS and other extremist organizations using their platforms for recruitment and spreading misinformation and propaganda. Twitter has suspended 360,000 accounts since midway through 2015 “for threatening or promoting terrorist acts primarily related to ISIS.”