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Mark Zuckerberg’s vision for AI was initially somewhat creepier than what he shared in his epic 6,000-word manifesto about the future of Facebook.

In the post, Zuckerberg briefly touches on how artificial intelligence can be used to detect terrorist propaganda.

“Right now, we’re starting to explore ways to use AI to tell the difference between news stories about terrorism and actual terrorist propaganda so we can quickly remove anyone trying to use our services to recruit for a terrorist organization,” he wrote.

That sounds like a straightforward enough application of AI — one that’s in line with what Zuckerberg and other executives have discussed in the past — but it’s different from what the CEO had originally written.

In an earlier version of the missive, which was shared with a number of news outlets in advance of its publication on Facebook, Zuckerberg took the idea farther. The “long-term promise of AI,” he wrote,  is that it can be used used to “identify risks that nobody would have flagged at all, including terrorists planning attacks using private channels.”

Here’s an expanded version of the quote from the Associated Press (emphasis ours).

“The long term promise of AI is that in addition to identifying risks more quickly and accurately than would have already happened, it may also identify risks that nobody would have flagged at all — including terrorists planning attacks using private channels, people bullying someone too afraid to report it themselves, and other issues both local and global. It will take many years to develop these systems.”

Click here to read more of Karissa Bell’s story from Mashable.