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Social Media Giant Facebook Brings New AI-features For ‘Marketplace’ Shoppers, Sellers

Facebook said it had invested in detecting and removing inappropriate content from Marketplace

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As Facebook celebrates the second anniversary of its “Marketplace”, the social media giant has introduced new Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered features to help its buyers and sellers complete transactions faster.

Marketplace was introduced in 2016 as a place for Facebook users to buy and sell within their local communities.

It has grown to be a place where people around the world can discover things they love, connect with people locally, launch a business, and earn a living, Facebook said.

“We believe AI can fundamentally change the way people shop, and are excited about the potential opportunities and value it can bring to buyers and sellers,” Deborah Liu, Vice President, Marketplace, Facebook.

AI has already been used to make Marketplace more efficient and help sellers connect with more potential buyers by performing a variety of tasks such as improving the quality of photos automatically and translating Messenger conversations, among others.

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Facebook’s new AI features to help ‘Marketplace’ shoppers, sellers. Pixabay

The new features introduced this week use AI for price range suggestions and auto-categorization.

For example, if you wanted to sell your home office chair, Marketplace could use AI to help you sell it even faster by suggesting you price it between $50-75 based on what similar chairs recently sold for.

It will also automatically categorise the chair as “furniture” based on the photo and description, so that you don’t have to.

“We’re also testing camera features that could use AI to recommend products you might be interested in. Say you liked your friend’s headphones and wanted your own; you could snap a photo of the headphones and Marketplace’s AI technology could recommend similar listings for sale nearby,” Liu said.

In the future, AI could help simplify tasks like completing an outfit or home design project.

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Facebook App on a smartphone device. (VOA)

“For example, you could upload a photo of your living room and get suggestions on furniture to buy based on your layout and size,” Liu added.

Facebook said it had invested in detecting and removing inappropriate content from Marketplace.

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“Thanks to our AI technology, we are working to detect and remove items that violate our policies by analyzing the images, content, and context within a listing,” Liu said. (IANS)

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Twitter Gets Investigated By Ireland Over Data Collection

Both Facebook and Twitter have faced lawsuits for collecting data on links shared in private messages

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 Twitter is reportedly facing an investigation by privacy regulators in Ireland over data collection in its link-shortening system, the media reported.

Privacy regulators in Ireland have launched an investigation into exactly how much data Twitter collects from t.co, its URL-shortening system, The Verge reported late on Saturday.

The investigation stems from a request made by UK professor Michael Veale under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a comprehensive European privacy law under which EU citizens have a right to request any data collected on them from a given company.

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But when Veale made that request to Twitter, the company claimed it had no data from its link-shortening service. The professor was sceptical, and wrote to the relevant privacy regulator to see if Twitter was holding back some of his data.

Now, that investigation seems to be underway. The investigation, first reported by Fortune, is confirmed in a letter obtained by The Verge, sent to Veale by the office of the Irish Data Privacy Commissioner, the report said.

Initially designed as a way to save characters in the limited space of a tweet, link-shortening has also proved to be an effective tool at fighting malware and gathering rudimentary analytics.

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Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on foreign influence operations and their use of social media on Capitol Hill. VOA

Those analytics services can also present a significant privacy risk when used in private messages.

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Both Facebook and Twitter have faced lawsuits for collecting data on links shared in private messages, although no wrong-doing was conclusively established in either case. (IANS)