‘Lost memories’: War crimes evidence threatened by AI moderation

Many journalists depend on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter to document the war in Syria and Yemen and human rights violations committed in these countries. After the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, these platform announced in March that they will start relying on automated takedown software to remove videos and other content that violate their policies. This step caused a massive takedown of documented content, because AI tools cannot distinguish between human rights documentation and violent extremist proposals. In order to avoid the deletion of human rights documentations, the Syrian Archive group flags accounts posting human rights content on social media platforms, and archives the posts on its servers.