You mean we have all this technology and we can’t pick up gore? ”’ Cleaver said he told Fishman. “`Just how many heads have to burst before they pick up it? Facebook did not make darkness, but darkness will live in Facebook. ”’
The members of Congress who assembled to get a closed-door briefing had lots of questions for Brian Fishman. One of the greatest: Why didn’t Facebook’s algorithms that are counter-terror –it rolled out just take down the video ?

Members pushed against Fishman’s defense. 1 member of Congress said the video was so violent, it seemed like footage.

Fishman’s response, according to a committee staffer in the room: The movie wasn’t”particularly gruesome” Another source briefed about the meeting added that Fishman said there was”not enough gore” from the movie for the algorithm to catch it.

Picture: Wax figure of the Mark Zuckerberg from Madame Tussauds, Bangkok, Siam Discovery. By Pumidol/Shutterstock

Facebook is notorious for absolving itself of responsibility for bad behaviour by offering up an algorithm as a scapegoat (examples here, here, here, here). This time Brian Fishman, Facebook’s policy director for counterterrorism, told Congress in a briefing the New Zealand shot video that Facebook streamed wasn’t gruesome enough for its naughty algorithm to flag so please do not get mad at Facebook.