Facebook readies AI tech to combat 'revenge porn'

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Friday it would use artificial intelligence to combat the spread of intimate photos shared without people’s permission, sometimes called “revenge porn,” on its social networks. The new technology is in addition to a pilot program here that required trained representatives to review offending images. “By using machine learning and artificial intelligence, we can now […]

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Some Facebook content reviewers in India complain of low pay, high pressure

HYDERABAD, India/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – On a busy day, contract employees in India monitoring nudity and pornography on Facebook and Instagram will each view 2,000 posts in an eight-hour shift, or almost four a minute. They are part of a 1,600-member team at Genpact, an outsourcing firm with offices in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad that is contracted to […]

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Facebook lays out structure of content oversight board

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Monday an external board that is being formed for appealing decisions related to user content will be able to reverse company’s decisions on whether to allow or remove user posts. The board, which will have up to 40 global experts, will not include current or former employees of Facebook or government officials, Facebook said […]

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Remove content on suicide and self-harm, minister tells tech giants

Remove content on suicide and self-harm, government minister tells tech giants including Google and Facebook The government’s minister for suicide prevention said internet giants must act  Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price, 49, hit out at sites that publish suicide methods She said firms should treat the content the same way they would terror material  Minister for suicide prevention Jackie Doyle-Price said […]

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Britons are more content than ever, official study reveals

We’ve never been happier! Britons are more content than ever and anxiety levels have dropped through the floor, official study reveals Most recent indicators released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) paint a broadly positive picture of life across the country Positive changes across the UK could been driven by economic factors such as low unemployment Areas of life […]

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Sinn Fein's McDonald says Brexit agreement must give legal effect to 'cast iron' guarantee

(Reuters) – The leader of the Irish Republican party, Sinn Fein, said on Tuesday that a Brexit withdrawal agreement must provide legal backing to the Irish prime minister’s guarantee that there should be no hard border with the British province of Northern Ireland. “Last December, a joint report by UK and EU negotiators was agreed, in which it was stated […]

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Variety to Add Digital Subscription Content Tier

We have some very exciting company news to share with our readers. Variety has grown significantly over the past five years after making the dramatic shift of exiting the daily print business and converting to a weekly publication. Change has been constant ever since, from the redesign of this magazine and our website to the great breadth of original video […]

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YouTube boss promises to better police offensive content

CANNES — YouTube boss Susan Wojcicki gave a quick mea culpa to the ad community — again. The chief executive spent a few minutes addressing the controversy surrounding offensive content found on YouTube’s platform, as well as the skirmish regarding influencers who buy their followers, on Tuesday at the Cannes Lions festival. Calling them “bad actors,” the CEO pledged to […]

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Facebook finally explains why it bans some content, in 27 pages

Among the most challenging issues for Facebook is its role as the policeman for the free expression of its 2 billion users. Now the social network is opening up about its decision-making over which posts it decides to take down, and why. On Tuesday the company for the first time published the 27-page guidelines, called Community Standards, that it gives […]

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