Facebook to Develop Artificial Intelligence to Filter Fake News

Facebook to Develop Artificial Intelligence to Filter Fake News. Company executives said that Facebook’s artificial intelligence could be applied to some of its most pressing problems, if the social network creates policies to guide use of the technology.

The social network has invested in AI since late 2013 when it hired Mr. LeCun, one of the world’s leading figures in the field. Facebook is trying to remove some of the stigma and mystery that surrounds AI in popular culture. On Thursday, it released six informational videos about the technology.

Facebook to Develop Artificial Intelligence to Filter Fake News

Facebook’s Yann LeCun and Joaquin Quiñonero Candela run the company’s Artificial Intelligence Lab and Applied Machine Learning group respectively. Candela told the reporters that Facebook was actually using artificial intelligence to find offensive material.

He said:

It is “an algorithm that detects nudity, fierceness, or any of the things that are not according to our policies

The firm is already working on using mechanism to ban extremist video content. This automated system is now tested on Facebook Live, the streaming video service for users to broadcast live video.

Candela said:

One, your  computer vision algorithm has to be fast, and I think we can push there, and the other 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

Facebook told that it incorporates this automation to process the thousands of millions of reports it gets every week. It’s also used to identify duplicate reports and direct the identified content to reviewers with the suitable subject matter expertise. 

Facebook’s director of AI research Yann LeCun, denied to give statement on using AI to detect hoax news, but said in general news feed improvements motivated questions of trade offs between filtering and censorship, freedom of expressions and decency and truthfulness.

LeCun said:

These are questions that go way beyond whether we can develop AI. Trade offs that I’m not well placed to determine.

It’s unclear that how Facebook will use AI to prevent the spread of false information due to which it faced criticism following the U.S. presidential election. The company frequently experiments a technology before deciding whether it will apply it widely.

Also Read: Zuckerberg to Take Action to Tackle Hoax on Facebook

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Fizza Atique

Fizza Atique is a Tech writer specializing in the intersection of tech and culture. She likes photography, VR, electronic music, coffee, and baking.

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