Meta: Facebook and Instagram parent company hails new AI system to detect harmful content

It follows months in which the firm has been criticised for allegedly prioritising its own profit before the wellbeing of its users - something it has denied

12/9/2021 3:21:00 AM

It follows months in which the firm has been criticised for allegedly prioritising its own profit before the wellbeing of its users - something it has denied

It follows months in which the company has been criticised for allegedly prioritising its own profit before the wellbeing of its users - something the firm has denied.

"We've tested FSL on a few relatively new, real-world integrity problems," the company said."For example, one recent task was to identify content that shares misleading or sensationalised information in away that likely discourages COVID-19 vaccinations."

As an example, it showed a post with the headline"Vaccine or DNA changer?" which it suggested would not be detected as sensational by traditional AI systems that analyse the meaning of sentences."In another, separate task, the new AI system improved an existing classifier that flags content that comes close to inciting violence," it added, with the example post featuring an image conatining the question:"Does that guy need all of his teeth?"

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Meta "We've tested FSL on a few relatively new, real-world integrity problems," the company said. "For example, one recent task was to identify content that shares misleading or sensationalised information in away that likely discourages COVID-19 vaccinations." As an example, it showed a post with the headline"Vaccine or DNA changer?" which it suggested would not be detected as sensational by traditional AI systems that analyse the meaning of sentences. "In another, separate task, the new AI system improved an existing classifier that flags content that comes close to inciting violence," it added, with the example post featuring an image conatining the question:"Does that guy need all of his teeth?" Meta said the traditional systems may miss these types of inflammatory posts because they were unusual - the reference to DNA alteration or teeth to imply violence was not something the systems had seen before. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 8:06 Sky News investigates abuse in custody in Myanmar Meta says the FSL can work in more than 100 languages - something which has also been a challenge for its content moderators. The company previously admitted failing to tackle inflammatory posts from the Myanmar military targeting the country's minority Rohingya Muslim population. In March of 2018, a UN investigator accused Facebook of being used to incite violence and racial hatred against the Rohingya - violence which the UN called a"textbook example of ethnic cleansing". On Wednesday, the social media platform banned an additional range of accounts, groups, and pages connected to businesses linked to the Myanmar military, which is now controlling the country. Related Topics