Facebook reveals AI weaknesses on hate speech

Facebook reveals AI weaknesses on hate speech

The company removed or put a warning screen for graphic violence in front of 3.4 million pieces of content in the first quarter, almost triple the 1.2 million a quarter earlier, the world's largest social network was quoted as saying in a published document. But, though it's making progress, Facebook has not figured out a sure-fire way to keep you from seeing spam, violence, nudity and terrorism when you log into Facebook.

Facebook also made available information on government requests for its user data. Automated tools detected 86 per cent to 99.5 per cent of the violations Facebook identified in those categories.

Facebook, which like Google is now working on A.I. technology to identify "hate speech", admitted that its current hate-speech-detection technology "still doesn't work that well" and that automatically flagged content "needs to be checked by our review teams".

Facebook has faced a storm of criticism for what critics have said was a failure to stop the spread of misleading or inflammatory information on its platform ahead of the USA presidential election and the Brexit vote to leave the European Union, both in 2016.

Facebook said it has recently developed metrics as a way to review the content shared on its platform and the transparency report reviewed the content posted in the community during the period from October 2017 through March 2018.

And today we're releasing numbers in a Community Standards Enforcement Report so that you can judge our performance for yourself. Without adequate context, reviewers "might not be able to understand the real world harm that might result", she said. For instance, nudity only received seven to nine views for every 10,000 content views.


Facebook removed 583 million dummy accounts in the first quarter. It believes about 3-4 percent of active Facebook accounts on the site in Q1 were still fake.

"AI still needs to get better before we can use it to effectively remove more linguistically nuanced issues like hate speech in different languages, but we're working on it", said Zuckerberg to CNet. It said the rise was due to improvements in detection.

Fake accounts on Facebook have been drawing more attention because Russian agents used them to buy ads to try to influence the 2016 election in the US.

"We may not have all the answers", he said, "but there's definitely a number of steps we have taken and will continue to take".

What Facebook has done: Facebook has increased annual spending on content review by hundreds of millions of dollars for 2018, people familiar with the figures told the Wall Street Journal.

Meanwhile, Facebook said on Monday it has suspended around 200 apps as part of its investigation into whether companies misused personal user data gathered from the social network. The content screening has nothing to do with privacy protection, though, and is aimed at maintaining a family-friendly atmosphere for users and advertisers.

Related Articles

  • The Celtics Have Dominated the Cavs With Depth And Relentlessness

    The Celtics Have Dominated the Cavs With Depth And Relentlessness

    Morris is celarly going to be a vital player on both ends in this series , and he could not have done a better job in game one. Cleveland's starters scored 46 points, shooting 33 percent from the field and going just 3 of 19 from beyond the arc.
    British Rugby player who was in critical condition dies

    British Rugby player who was in critical condition dies

    Mr Howard's post-mortem examination did not reveal any existing injury or illness that might have caused his death. He said the club had organised numerous tours overseas in the past and had never had any problems before.
    Google Employees are leaving Because of Disputable Pentagon Contract

    Google Employees are leaving Because of Disputable Pentagon Contract

    In the case of Maven, Google is helping the Defence Department implement machine learning to classify images gathered by drones . The letter says Google should "commit to not weaponizing its technology" and terminate its contract with the DoD.
  • Seattle Mariners Robinson Cano Suspended

    Seattle Mariners Robinson Cano Suspended

    Cano made his Major League Baseball debut with the New York Yankees in 2005 and played for them through the 2013 season. With the news of Cano's suspension analysts and fans alike expressed their disappointment in the Mariners star.
    Microsoft announces the new 50.5-inch Surface Hub 2, coming in 2019

    Microsoft announces the new 50.5-inch Surface Hub 2, coming in 2019

    Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn't plan to share further details of the Surface Hub 2 until later this year, including the price. Harnessing the power of Microsoft Teams , Microsoft Whiteboard , Office 365, Windows 10 and the intelligent cloud.
    Memory Transplant Successfully Done on Snails

    Memory Transplant Successfully Done on Snails

    A group of untrained snails received RNA from the trained group and the second group received RNA from an untrained group. Glanzman said the next step in this research is to transfer RNA in more complex animals, like mice.
  • Coalition led by Muqtada al Sadr wins Iraqi election

    Coalition led by Muqtada al Sadr wins Iraqi election

    Under article 76 of Iraq's constitution, the right to form a government falls to the political bloc with the most seats. Some 5,000 American troops are in Iraq supporting local forces in the battle against IS, a Sunni Muslim jihadist group.
    Gas prices back over $3.00 per gallon in area

    Gas prices back over $3.00 per gallon in area

    According to GasBuddy, gas stations in 25 cities are selling gas for 70 cents a gallon more than at this time past year . After a short break, gas prices are on the move again, but probably not in the direction you're hoping for.
    Injured Neuer in Germany's provisional squad, Emre Can left out

    Injured Neuer in Germany's provisional squad, Emre Can left out

    They open their World Cup campaign against Mexico on June 17, before fixtures against Sweden (June 23) and South Korea (June 27). Fellow Borussia Dortmund player Marco Reus' hopes of making his first World Cup got a boost after he made the cut.
  • US sanctions Iran central bank governor for terrorist support

    US sanctions Iran central bank governor for terrorist support

    The United States on Tuesday designated the head of Iran's central bank a "specially designated global terrorist". Though it's uncommon to sanction central financial institution officers, the US has carried out it earlier than.
    Agents Of SHIELD Season Finale Promo Signals

    Agents Of SHIELD Season Finale Promo Signals "The End"

    Still, don't think the show has been that great this season and wish the group was more involved with the MCU movies. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. celebrated its renewal with a video looking back at the show through the years.
    United States  diplomat involved in Islamabad accident departed post 'settlement'

    United States diplomat involved in Islamabad accident departed post 'settlement'

    The United States and Pakistan imposed travel restrictions on each other's diplomats last week as the dispute continued to simmer. Richard Snelsire, a spokesman for the U.S embassy in Islamabad , did not wish to comment when contacted by Anadolu Agency.