Facebook Boss Says DDoS-Esque "Like Attacks" Could Cripple ISIS

By Gary Cutlack on at

Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg has come up with a good new use for the site other than seeing what the cats of people from 2009 look like, suggesting the power of positive comments could create a "Like Attack" on those that use the social network to spread hate and anger.

Instead of actually censoring hate pages herself or having an intern delete bad posts from terrorists etc, Sandberg suggests the Facebook community should do and is doing some work on badgering haters itself, quoting examples where hate groups have had their pages swamped by people saying nice things.

Facebook has been in touch to state that Sandberg's comments should not, however, be read as intention to replace its current efforts against extremist behaviour on its network. It states that it works alongside police and security specialists to respond to terrorism-related content, removing aggressive pages, posts and groups when flagged and identified.

Sandberg was speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where she explained her thinking with: "The best thing to speak against recruitment by ISIS are the voices of people who were recruited by ISIS, understand what the true experience is, have escaped and have come back to tell the truth... Counter-speech to the speech that is perpetuating hate we think by far is the best answer."

Counter-speech. What's she's suggesting is be like that amazing man who played the sousaphone while following a KKK march. But on the internet. [Guardian]

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