Facebook to flag offensive Live streams automatically with AI


Facebook is attempting to flag offensive videos. Considering the gigantic user base of the social media giant, flagging every offensive live stream might seem past a man’s control. Thus Facebook is changing to Artificial Intelligence to manage, supervise and weed out video streams for “nudity, violence and whatever other content that violates the site’s policies”.

According to Reuters, Facebook is attempting to change the technique of blocking offensive videos. Up to this point, the Facebook group would block video or (a post for that matter, just once it was reported by the users. But, now, with the use of Artificial Intelligence, the organization might be able to fight with combat such videos on its own.

The director of applied machine learning of the Social Media giant told Reuters, “It’s an algorithm that detects nudity, violence, or any of the things that are not according to our policies.”

The venture is right now under development stage, and as Candela said there are two challenges in using AI to flag the live video. “One, your computer vision algorithm has to be fast, and I think we can push there, and another one is you need to prioritize things in the right way so that a human looks at it, an expert who understands our policies and takes it down.”

Since the starting of this year, Facebook has drawn flak for videos that raged a spark on the platform, including Facebook Live broadcast that showed Antonio Perkins as he was shot and killed by Chicago Police. Others include removing the famous Vietnam War photo due to nudity, fake news of Pope Francis promoting Donald Trump, etc.

The company is evidently also testing the automated framework on Facebook Live, the streaming video service for users to communicate live video. Facebook is additionally working on detecting links even before they arrive in the News Feed.

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Sameeksha Bhardwaj, From ITvoir News Desk