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On Facebook, Terror Is Everywhere

Searches quickly turned up evidence of extremist recruiting in plain sight

In the past month, Mark Zuckerberg has boasted to Congress and investors that Facebook Inc.’s artificial intelligence programs are turning the tide against extremism on his site. “One thing that I’m proud of is our AI tools that help us take down ISIS and al-Qaeda-related terror content, with 99 percent of that content being removed before any person flags it to us,” the chief executive said on April’s earnings call. Facebook executives repeated that number onstage at early May’s annual developer conference. But it applies only to posts by those two groups. Many others seem able to recruit more or less as they please from the site’s audience of 2.2 billion.

At least a dozen U.S.-designated terror groups maintain a

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